Jurgen Klopp suggests talks ongoing with Mohamed Salah over new Liverpool deal

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Jurgen Klopp has indicated talks are ongoing with Mohamed Salah over a new Liverpool contract.

Egypt striker Salah, 29, has two seasons left on an improved five-year contract he signed with the Reds in July 2018, 12 months after his initial arrival from Roma for £34million.

Liverpool, who have agreed new deals with Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson and Fabinho this summer, are expected to agree new terms with Jordan Henderson and hope Salah is next.

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“We don’t really speak about these things,” Klopp said. “We changed that a little bit with Hendo, but it doesn’t mean we will talk from now on about each little step we make in every negotiation and stuff like this.

“Two things: Mo is in a really good moment football-wise, mood-wise, how he behaves from the first day when he came back, absolutely great.

“So we are all adults, all professionals and when there are talks, there are talks and when there’s a decision we will tell you.

“Until then it’s unimportant how the parties work together in these things. We don’t have to talk about people in the background.

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“With two years left you can imagine that there are talks, that’s it.”

Salah, who became the third fastest player to score 100 goals for Liverpool in October 2020, set a new milestone in last week’s win at Norwich when he became the first player to score in the opening game of a Premier League season for five successive years.

Klopp expects Salah to keep climbing the club’s all-time scoring chart, but said only time will tell if he can join the likes of Ian Rush, Roger Hunt, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler as an all-time great.

“Breaking records is great and the records he’s broken already is absolutely insane,” Klopp said.

“I didn’t know last week when he scored the goal that he is now the first person in the history of the Premier League to score in the first game of five consecutive seasons.

“There’s a reason why nobody did it. It’s really difficult. He did it and if there are any records out there he will know about them.”

The former Borussia Dortmund coach added: “But I never told him he could be ‘the’ or one of the three biggest Liverpool legends ever because that’s nothing you go for.

“Records, yes, but becoming a legend – people will judge you like that after your career probably and that’s fine.”

Salah, 11th on Liverpool’s all-time scorers list, is aiming for his 127th goal in 205 appearances in all competitions in the Premier League’s lunchtime kick-off at Burnley on Saturday.

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