Salah’s new deal ‘speaks very loudly’ of club’s ambition, says Jürgen Klopp
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s decision to a sign a new long-term contract with the Reds ‘speaks very loudly’ of the club’s ambitions.
The Premier League side announced on Monday morning that the 26-year-old, who joined the Reds from Serie A side AS Roma last year, signed a new long-term deal with the club.
The Egypt international, who was named Liverpool Player of the Year, enjoyed an impressive debut season with the Premier League side as he scored a total of 44 goals in 52 appearances across all competitions with the club. He scored 32 goals in the league to become the record goalscorer in a 38-game Premier League campaign, winning the Golden Boot for the 2017/18 season.
The new deal was described by Klopp as a reward to a player who contributed greatly for the team, saying the former Chelsea winger can achieve all his “dreams and ambitions” at Anfield.
“I think this news can be seen for what it is; rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season,” Klopp told Liverpool official website after Salah’s contract renewal.
“It demonstrates two things very clearly also – his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him.
“We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield where they can fulfill all their professional dreams and ambitions – we are working hard together to achieve this.
“When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think.
“Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment.
Following his stellar season with Liverpool and the Egyptian national team, the former Basel winger was linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The former Chelsea player, however, has pledged his long-term future to the Premier League side, with several reports claiming there’s no release clause in his contract, which ties him to the club until 2023.
“The key thing to remember is the best thing about Mo is that he never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it. He recognises his teammates and this club helped him achieve individual success last season. He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special.
Salah’s incredible form saw him collect a number of prizes including the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year. He also became the first ever player to win three Premier League Player of the Month awards in a season.
“Mo reflects where we are as a team, I think. Last season was special with many special moments – but we want more.
“We want to be more successful and achieve more together – as the supporters sang so loudly, ‘we’re never gonna stop’. This has to be the attitude individually and collectively,” the 51-year-old coach added.
The Egypt international helped Liverpool finish fourth in the Premier League standings last season and reach the UEFA Champions League final, before losing 3-1 to Real Madrid.
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