Klopp relaxed over Salah’s future

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is “happy” with how Mohamed Salah’s new contract talks are progressing, with the Egyptian expected to commit his long-term future to the club soon.

Speculation regarding Salah’s future at Anfield has gathered pace over recent months, with the 29-year-old’s current deal due to expire at the end of next season.

A whole host of Europe’s top clubs have been linked with making a move for the forward, who is the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 20 goals, although he has previously suggested that he would like to remain with Liverpool for the rest of his career.

That hope could soon become a reality, with Klopp confirming that talks over a new deal for Salah are progressing.

“I’m happy with it because there’s nothing new to say – that’s good,” Klopp told reporters regarding Salah’s contract situation. “The decisive parties are talking to each other and that’s all I need.”

Klopp was speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie with Benfica in Lisbon Tuesday (Benfica 15/2, Draw 19/5, Liverpool 2/5 – Match Result).

The German was also forced to defend Salah’s recent form, with the Egypt international having failed to score from open play in any of his last eight appearances for either club or country.

“For me, the performance level is important, how he brings players together,” Klopp added.

“It’s a tough period for Mo and Sadio (Mane), coming back from international duty and being available again. We see him every day – there is nothing to worry about.”

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Salah (10/11 To score anytime) looks set to be part of a fully fit Liverpool squad for Tuesday’s match, with Klopp confirming midfielder Naby Keita is available again after he missed the weekend Premier League victory over Watford.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is also in contention to feature after returning to the bench against the Hornets following a hamstring complaint, while Curtis Jones and Joel Matip, who picked up knocks during that game, have also been given the all clear.

Liverpool will be hoping to secure a positive result in Lisbon against Benfica, with next week’s return leg at Anfield set to come just three days after the Reds visit title rivals Manchester City in the Premier League (Benfica 13/2, Liverpool 1/14 – To Qualify).

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