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Mo Salah: Gut wrenching report from Saudi Arabia leaves Liverpool crestfallen over hopes of keeping talisman

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah will reportedly play his final Liverpool match on Sunday before leaving the club, according to sensational reports from Saudi Arabia.

The Reds have already sold two players to the Saudi Pro League this summer in Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, but it appears that Salah could now make that a hat-trick in a sensational Anfield exit that will leave Jurgen Klopp reeling.

It’s claimed that the Egypt international will leave after the Newcastle clash and undergo a medical before completing his switch to Al-Ittihad.

Indeed, Saudi Arabian sports channel Riyadiyatv claims the winger will complete a move and join his former Liverpool teammates in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Ittihad stepped up their interest in Salah this week, with Sport Italia suggesting that the 31-year-old is very open to making the switch.

The Saudi Pro League side are reported to have put an offer on the table of more than £79million for Salah.

The report adds that Al-Ittihad imposed their own deadline of Monday to discover whether a deal for Salah was possible. And it looks increasingly likely that they will be successful.

Losing Salah would come as a catastrophic blow for Klopp and the Reds, with the frontman notching 187 goals for the club in 307 appearances since joining from Roma in 2017.

Indeed, he’s played a huge role in the Anfield outfit winning the Premier League and Champions League over the last few years.

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Klopp still hopeful of Salah stay

Klopp was adamant at his press conference for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle that Salah was going nowhere, although the Reds are already being linked with replacements.

He said: “It’s difficult to talk about media stories as there’s nothing to talk about from our point of view.

“Mo Salah is a Liverpool player. There’s nothing there. If there was something the answer would be no [he’s not for sale].

“My life philosophy is I think about a problem when I have it. At the moment, there’s nothing. I said already if there is something, the answer would be no. [He is] 100 per cent [committed].”

Those quotes now appear to be in hope, given the latest developments emerging from Saudi.

To that end, the Reds will be hoping the report is just another publicity exercise to get the Saudi Pro League more headlines – rather than anything concrete.

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