Klopp responds to speculation linking Salah with Liverpool exit
Jurgen Klopp ‘doesn’t think’ speculation linking Mohamed Salah with a move to La Liga will distract his star striker or his team this season.
In an interview published in Spain just before Christmas the Egypt international spoke about his disappointment over not being made captain for the Champions League dead rubber against Midtjylland, while also expressing his admiration for Real Madrid and Barcelona.
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It has been widely viewed as a negotiating tactic to get an improvement on a contract which does not expire until 2023 but, as a result, he is asked about his future in every media interview he now gives.
Klopp insists that speculation is not a distraction for the player or the team.
“That’s a normal thing in the world of football. He didn’t have a speech, it is not that we go out and talk about things which are important, it is pretty rare that happens,” he said.
“We get asked questions and then we answer. It always sounds like we started the conversation but in most cases it is not like that.
“I don’t think it will distract the season.”