Liverpool have been one of the most exciting teams of the 2017-18 season after reaching the Champions League final and Jurgen Klopp will look to build on his solid foundation and end their Premier League title drought.
It has been a deflating two months for everyone concerned with Liverpool. The Reds lost the Champions League finals as Loris Karius had one of the worst days of his life. Mohammed Salah has to leave the field after a tangle with Sergio Ramos resulted in a dislocated shoulder. Nabil Fekir’s deal was called off after everything looked done and dusted. But the news that Mohammed Salah has signed a new contract is just what the doctor ordered.
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Mohammed Salah’s new contract
The Egyptian has had an absolute blinder of a season at Anfield. The club have only announced the deal as “long-term” but reports say it ties him to the club until 2023. He boasted an incredible goalscoring record for a winger, netting 44 goals in 52 appearances. He scored 32 in his first season in the Premier League with the Reds which is the second highest return of all time (Andy Cole and Alan Shearer – 34). Salah was also named PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year ahead of Kevin De Bruyne.
Jurgen Klopp’s comments
On Salah’s renewal
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said “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. It demonstrates two things very clearly also – his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him.”
On his project at Liverpool
“We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield where they can fulfil 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.”
On the player and the team
“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. 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.”
Mo Salah extending his stay at Liverpool is a big statement from the Merseyside club. The Reds have had to constantly sell their prized assets in the recent seasons. This will also be a step in the right direction for Klopp and his project. The only concern will be to see if Salah can perform anywhere near the levels of the previous season.