Jurgen Klopp has confirmed his confidence in Mohamed Salah’s long-term future with Liverpool, claiming that protracted negotiations are normal for a contract of this size.
The Reds boss says it is understood that Salah’s renewal takes longer than others within the squad.
Liverpool made it a priority to tie up their big stars last year as they secured a slew of new deals for some of the biggest names.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson all signed new contracts last summer, but Salah stayed on the same deal he agreed to in 2018.
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The Egyptian star, who is currently performing his international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, was quoted this week as saying in an interview with GQ that he is “not asking for crazy things” regarding his demands.
“I don’t know what I can say besides what I’ve already said,” Klopp said. “what’s the problem?
“I wouldn’t say there’s a problem to be honest.
“These are conversations. I’m not sure if two big companies are trying to meet, usually in normal life and business that doesn’t happen overnight.
“Signing a big contract, it’s not like buying a smartphone where you just sign one thing and it’s done.
“There are a lot of things to consider, some on the club side, some on the player side and a lot on the agent side. That’s the thing. Nothing else.”
The Reds boss also admitted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was disappointed not to start Thursday’s goalless draw with Arsenal.
Arsenal, who played more than two-thirds of the first leg in the Carabao Cup semi-final, were topped by Klopp’s man-less side after Granit Xhaka was sent off.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain was eventually introduced to James Milner but Klopp said the attacking midfielder was frustrated by his exclusion.
Klopp added: “I am very happy with the Oaks but what I know is that he was disappointed last night. I got 100 per cent. I would have been.
“The thing is that with the situation we are in we had to think about how to start and how we could change and the game developed a little differently than we expected.
“The Oaks could have started, he’s in great shape, he’s in a really good moment.
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“For me it was about starting with how we started, and with Curtis Jones and Oxlade, we had two options to attack wherever we used them and that’s it.
“But I’m very happy with Ox, he’s in a really good moment and we’ll see that in the next few weeks.”