Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not believe Mohamed Salah will be looking for an escape route in search of Champions League football.Writing on social media after Manchester United’s win over Chelsea on Thursday consigned Liverpool to the Europa League next season, the Egypt forward said he was “devastated” and there was “absolutely no excuse” for not finishing in the Premier League’s top four.Last summer the 30-year-old signed a new contract, making him the highest-paid player in the club’s history, but even if next term goes to plan and they regain their place in the Champions League he will be close to entering the final 12 months of that deal.Asked whether he was concerned about Salah’s immediate future after his rare public statement, 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 said if that was a mentality he accepted he too would be looking to leave.“I am responsible for this mess, or whatever, so you cannot go in these moments,” he added.“It is not the case with Mo, not at all, and nobody else told me.Read more on independent.co.uk