Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s new contract will benefit Liverpool on the pitch, with the striker having no distractions during his career at Anfield.
Salah became Liverpool’s highest-paid player in history last month when he signed a new three-year deal worth around £350,000 a week. The deal ended months of uncertainty over the 30-year-old’s future and gave us ‘all a boost’ according to the Liverpool manager. Salah scored 31 club goals last season despite his output dropping after the Africa Cup of Nations.
Klopp said: “He’s in really good shape and of course he’s happy to be here. As clear as it is for him, and I said we’re going to close the deal, that was one more thing. open and everyone is talking about it. We’re humans, but I didn’t see that distracting him much to be honest.
“Mo had one of the most intense seasons ever, with the Africa Cup of Nations and all our games. Everyone says we played 63 games, but we also had players who played a tournament between the two, which is absolutely ridiculous.
“After a few weeks of vacation Mo is still full of power and energy and he came back in great shape and, yes, knowing where he will be, I wouldn’t say the rest of his career because he is a player who knows how to play. much longer, but for the next very, very important years of his career. It gave us all a boost and so did he. He looked really sharp all of pre-season to be honest. May you it go on for a long time.
One negative for Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Fulham is the number of injuries that have plagued the team in pre-season. Ibrahima Konaté faces an extended spell on the sidelines with a knee injury sustained in a friendly against Strasbourg. Klopp described the defender’s injury as ‘a blow’ and didn’t set a timeframe for his recovery. Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Caoimhín Kelleher will also be out, although Klopp insists Liverpool are unlikely to respond with a signing.
“We can’t fix a problem we’ve had for four weeks with a full year transfer,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to us at the moment. The transfer window is still open and we’ll see, but the plans are not to go in that direction.”