Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his lack of concern over the possibility of Mohamed Salah seeking a departure from the club this summer. Following Liverpool’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season, the team will have to settle for Europa League action instead.
For a player of Salah’s caliber, competing in Europe’s elite tournament is only fitting. However, the Egyptian star now faces the prospect of missing out on the opportunity to test his skills against the best on the continent.
Expressing his disappointment with the season’s outcome on social media, Salah, who scored 30 goals and provided 15 assists, stated, “I’m totally devastated. There’s absolutely no excuse for this. We had everything we needed to make it to next year’s Champions League, and we failed. We are Liverpool, and qualifying for the competition is the bare minimum. I am sorry, but it’s too soon for an uplifting or optimistic post. We let you and ourselves down.”
Despite Salah’s clear discontent with how the season unfolded, Klopp believes that his star player will contribute to Liverpool’s redemption in the upcoming season.
When asked about his concerns regarding Salah’s future, Klopp responded, “No worries, no. I only heard what he said, but I couldn’t read anything that could lead in that direction. Obviously, Mo loves being here, and Mo was part of it. He said apologies for what ‘we’ did – not apologies for ‘what the other guys did, but I had to go with them.’ It is all fine.”
Klopp continued, “If ever a player came to me and said, ‘oh, we didn’t qualify for the Champions League, I have to leave,’ I would drive him to the other club myself. I would take the key, (and say) ‘come in the car, where do you want to go, I drive you.’ That would be something I never could understand. It is, I would say, ‘oh, we didn’t qualify for the Champions League, I need to work in the Champions League so I go.'”
The Liverpool manager also emphasized that Salah’s situation is different, stating, “It is not the case with Mo, not at all, and nobody else told me. They ask if they can have a longer holiday or whatever – but nobody asks me if after the holiday they have to come back. So that was not in our conversation. I saw him now in the canteen, and he was smiling. I don’t know for which reason as I didn’t ask him, but he is not in a bad mood. That’s it.”