Jurgen Klopp says he cannot understand why a player would want to leave Liverpool, but he cannot force anyone to stay if he wants to leave the club.
Mohamed Salah has been at the center of transfer speculation with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, all linked.
Indeed, the 28-year-old left the door open for a future move to Spain, while also expressing his disappointment at not being named Liverpool captain in the Champions League with Midtjylland.
Goal can confirm that the Reds will surely offer Salah a new contract at some point, with his current contract running until 2023, and the Egyptian forward has said he is fully focused on his goal of breaking records at Anfield.
Speculation is sure to persist with the January transfer window around the corner, but Klopp, who also addressed the concerns of Salah’s captaincy, believes the former Roma star has everything he needs in Merseyside.
“We could all look for something else if we wanted to, but for me the only reason to leave Liverpool right now is the weather!” Klopp smiled.
What other reason could there be? This is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We pay the money, maybe not the most in the world, but we pay well, we have a sensational stadium with outstanding fans around the world. Our colors are red, which is the prettiest color anyway, so where are the reasons?
“You cannot force people to stay. By the way, we never did. Everything is a matter of time, the right moment. We make changes and bring in players, and if a player wanted to go, we wouldn’t get in the way. It’s just that I don’t understand why they would want to. “
Liverpool have been looking ominous in the Premier League of late and look like favorites to lift back-to-back titles despite a string of injuries to key players.
Klopp’s team has Boxing Day off, and their next game will be at home to West Brom on December 27.
Salah rested for Liverpool’s final game against Crystal Palace, but came off the bench to score twice and record an assist in their 7-0 win.
After the game against West Brom, Liverpool travel to Newcastle and Southampton before an FA Cup trip to Aston Villa. A key period follows in late January, with matches against Manchester United and Tottenham on either side of a home game against Burnley.