Jurgen Klopp says that he’s not concerned that Mohamed Salah may look to leave Liverpool this summer.
Liverpool are facing an uphill challenge after failing to qualify for the Champions League next term, meaning that they’ll have to make do with Europa League action instead.
For a player like Salah, playing in Europe’s top competition feels only right, but the Egyptian star faces the prospect of missing out on the chance to test himself against the best on the continent.
The 30-year-old, who scored 30 goals and bagged 15 assists, expressed his disappointment at how the season played out on social media, saying: “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 to 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.”
But despite Salah’s clear unhappiness at how the season played out, Klopp expects his star man to help Liverpool put things right next term.
Asked if he is concerned about Salah’s future, Klopp said: “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.
“If ever a player would come 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’.”
Klopp added: “I am responsible for this mess, or whatever, so you cannot go in these moments.
“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.”