‘Best buddy’ Lovren makes definitive prediction on Salah’s Liverpool exit

Date published: Thursday 11th February 2021 2:12 - Jonny Whitfield

Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah Premier League trophy

Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes that his good friend Mohamed Salah could stay at Anfield for up to another six years.

Salah has a strong case to be Jurgen Klopp’s best signing at Anfield since his 2017 arrival from Roma.

The Egyptian top-scored amongst his colleagues in each of his first three seasons on Merseyside. What’s more, he has already netted 20 goals in all competitions this term.

However, murmurings of change over the 28-year-old’s future have emerged in recent months. The winger told AS in December that he would not rule out a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

But according to Lovren, who developed a strong friendship with Salah at Liverpool, the player could sign another big contract with the Reds.

“I’m still in communication with Mo Salah. We are best buddies. We talk about everything,” the Zenit St Petersburg defender told talkSPORT.

“Mo is committed, not just for Liverpool but for all the fans and for himself. He is the biggest critic of himself when he doesn’t do well.

“I’m not surprised he is doing well individually, when you look at how many goals he has scored, he is amazing at the moment.

“There needs to be love from both ways [both Salah and Liverpool], I see now that they have it, so why not [stay]?

“Mo is in the best age of his football career at 28 – maybe he looks a little bit older – but he is in the peak of his form. Why not stay another four, five or six years?”

Salah’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2023, but he said in another interview that he wants to stay at Liverpool “as long as I can”.

Bayern chief makes Salah comments

Mo Salah Jurgen Klopp TEAMtalk

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has lavished praise on Salah’s achievements at Liverpool.

The club chief said: “In my opinion, Salah is the [Lionel] Messi of Africa, and of course he got the skills to play in the best teams in the world,” Rumminegge said.

“What he has achieved can be compared to what Messi and Ronaldo did with Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“At the moment we don’t plan on signing Salah, but certainly it would be an honour to have him.”

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