Mohamed Salah has promised his long-term commitment to Liverpool by saying he wants to stay at Anfield for as long as he can.
The Egyptian international, the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 13 goals, is under contract until the summer of 2023 and has said he wants to stay and continue to break records with the Reds.
However, just before Christmas, the forward, in a rare interview, expressed his disappointment at not being named captain of the Champions League group stage match against FC Midtjylland and encouraged speculation by speaking of the ‘big boys’ Barcelona and Real Madrid clubs.
Asked about his future by Norwegian channel TV2, Salah said: “I don’t know. If you ask, I tell you that I want to stay here as long as I can, but, as I said before, it is in the hands of the club.
“I will always give 100 percent until the last minute that I am at this club and I want to win as many trophies as I can.
“And I want to give 100 percent to people, who show me love all the time.”
At the time, Jurgen Klopp downplayed the answers Salah gave about Barcelona and Real Madrid, although he admitted that the club couldn’t force people to stay.
“We never speak [about contracts]Klopp said last month.
“Mo is in a good mood and in a moment, form and that is the most important thing. You would have seen him laugh a lot [today]. It’s good that you write about the rest, but internally, nothing really [to say]. “
After a four-goal streak in four league games, Salah’s blank in Sunday’s goalless draw with Manchester United saw the forward miss four games.
Klopp’s team, which is fourth in the Premier League table and three points behind leading United, will face Burnley (January 21), United again in the FA Cup (January 24), Tottenham (January 28) and West Ham (January 31) earlier. at the end of this month.
Liverpool dominated possession and had more shots than Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, but there will still be an element of relief that they escaped this match against their big rivals with that record of 68 undefeated at home intact.
It’s not just that Alisson had to make two excellent saves or the fact that Fabinho had to defend expertly to deny Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford in the final stages.
This goalless draw doesn’t remove United from the top, but it keeps the gap between the teams to just three points with 20 games remaining. Throw the question down the line. Liverpool could reasonably expect United to fade away. They can hope that Manchester City does not take advantage. The title defense is on the right track.
Maybe that’s enough under the circumstances. Two midfielders in the center. Xherdan Shaqiri makes his first Premier League start in more than a year. “It is a team that is resolved against a team that is shuffling things and that is not what you want for a game like this,” Graeme Souness told Sky Sports beforehand.
All of which would make some sense if it had been Liverpool’s defense that had creaked under the pressure of facing perhaps the best counterattack team in the league.
Instead, it was the forwards who did not comply. That is a concern.