Mohamed Salah wants to stay at Liverpool until he retires - but warns new contract 'is not in my hands'

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Mohamed Salah wants to stay at Liverpool until he retires - but warns new contract 'is not in my hands' - GETTY IMAGES
Mohamed Salah wants to stay at Liverpool until he retires - but warns new contract 'is not in my hands' - GETTY IMAGES

Mohamed Salah has declared he would like to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career – but insisted his future "depends on the club".

The statement is the clearest indication yet that Salah, whose current deal runs out at the end of next season, wants to sign a new contract although it remains to be seen whether Liverpool can meet his demands.

"If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can't say much about that - it's not in my hands. It depends on what the club want, not on me," Salah said.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the 29-year-old added: "At the moment I can't see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad. It's hard, I don't want to talk about it, but it would make me really sad.

"At the moment I don't see myself playing against Liverpool but let's see what will happen in the future."

Despite Salah’s positive comments there are currently no talks between his representatives and Liverpool although the club has made it clear that they want him to stay.

It is understood that Salah, who is in outstanding form with 12 goals in 11 games this season, is hoping to achieve a new contract that pays him around £400,000 a week which would represent a significant hike on his current terms.

However, Salah would argue it reflects his importance to the club and his status as arguably the best player in the world at present.

Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture away to Manchester United Jurgen Klopp said he hoped that Salah would see out his career at Liverpool and was capable of playing for many more years such was his professionalism.

Klopp also reignited the row over United’s tendency to be awarded more penalties than Liverpool – and ridiculed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s suggestion that he has influenced referees.

The Liverpool manager was asked about Solskjaer’s claim that United are getting fewer penalties since Klopp questioned the number of spot-kicks they had received.

In January Klopp complained that United had "had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half-years" which prompted Solskjaer to state that there had since then been fewer decisions in his side’s favour after the intervention from a "certain manager".

In fact five of United’s 11 penalties came after Klopp’s outburst and he pointed this out, adding: "I think (the time) between what I said and Ole said they had five penalties and we had two.

"So… and we all know, come on, that we cannot influence refs by things like that. But having the amount of penalties that United had before that was quite exceptional.

"They are good, they go in the box, they have these kind of situations but we have them as well and have not got even a similar amount of penalties. It’s just facts, who cares, it’s done."

This season Liverpool have been awarded just one penalty - as have United - with Solskjaer complaining after two clear appeals were turned down against West Ham that Klopp had made "decisions…more difficult to give" in favour of his players.

The row adds to the eagerly-anticipated encounter with second-placed Liverpool – who have Curtis Jones fit although Thiago Alcantara is still out injured - four points clear of United and having scored 30 goals in their last nine games.

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