Jurgen Klopp admits he’s ‘uncomfortable’ and calls Saudi Arabia’s extended transfer window ‘not cool’, as Al-Ittihad lure Mohamed Salah… but says Liverpool will reject bids and star IS ‘100% committed’
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Jurgen Klopp has doubled down on Liverpool’s stance that Mo Salah is not for sale at any price amid continued and growing interest from Saudi Arabia club Al-Ittihad, who could offer the Egyptian an eye-watering wage to join them.
But the Reds boss has admitted it’s ‘not cool’ the Saudi transfer window extends beyond the Premier League’s and called on FIFA to bring the deadlines into line.
It emerged in the Spanish media on Thursday that Saudi club Al-Ittihad want to make the Egyptian forward the highest-paid player in the Saudi Pro League and therefore world football.
Relevo also claimed that Salah, 31, wants to leave Anfield and his entourage have met with Al-Ittihad officials in Dubai.
Liverpool denied that star man Salah is for sale and Klopp reiterated this in his Friday press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Newcastle United.
Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool haven’t received any bids for star player Mohamed Salah
Salah is reportedly being targeted by Al-Ittihad with the Saudi side convinced the player wants to join them
Reports suggest that Al-Ittihad have already met with the player’s entourage in Dubai to discuss a move
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Liverpool have already lost former captain Jordan Henderson and key defensive midfielder Fabinho to Saudi Arabia this summer but a Salah exit could potentially derail their season, with the English transfer window slamming shut in less than a week.
But Klopp has eased fears of Liverpool fans and said the star player, who is on £350,000 a week at Anfield, is not for sale.
‘It is a bit difficult to talk about media stories because there is nothing to talk about, we don’t have an offer,’ said the manager.
‘Mo Salah is a Liverpool player and essential for everything we do. If there would be something the answer would be no. My life philosophy is I think about a problem when I have it and there is absolutely nothing at the moment.
‘If there is something coming up that I don’t know then I can think about it.’
Asked if Salah was committed to Anfield, Klopp replied: ‘100 per cent.’
Saudi Arabian clubs can still sign players for three weeks after the English transfer window closes and Klopp added on the Gulf state: ‘I understand that it is not cool for us (Saudi Arabia). That is how it is.
‘If we want a player from Wigan, I go there and they tell us the price and we probably pay it. The Bundesliga is like that if Bayern comes or Dortmund then Bielefeld or Mainz cannot react but there is a next level and it is not great.
Al-Ittihad made headlines by signing Real Madrid star Karim Benzema earlier in the summer
Fabinho (right) joined them from Liverpool earlier in the summer, with N’Golo Kante (left) also at the club
The Saudi side are managed by former Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo
‘This is part of the business but what makes it from a specific moment makes it not possible to deal with is our transfer window closes and theirs stays open so how can we react? From that moment we play until the first of January and this is our squad.
‘That is what everyone is used to. We had it in the past with Russia, they had a different transfer window but that was not completely crazy money. It is new, challenging for everybody and we have to learn to deal with it.
‘But the authorities should make clear that if you want to be part of the system then you do your business at the same time. I am pretty sure FIFA could do it like this if they want to.’