Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has said that he wants to stay at Anfield for as long as he can, but stressed that such a decision is not for him to make.
The Egyptian made headlines in December by admitting that he could not rule out a move to Spain. Recent speculation has mentioned LaLiga’s big guns Real Madrid and Barcelona as having interest in a swoop.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended the player when asked for his take on the comments.
The coach insisted that Salah said what any professional looking to maximise their potential would do.
Asked about his future, Salah said: “I don’t know. If you ask me, I say I want to stay here as long as I can, but as I’ve said before, it’s in the club’s hands.
“I’m always going to give 100 percent until the last minute I’m at this club and I want to win as many trophies as I can.
“And I want to give 100 percent to the people, who show me love all the time.”
Indeed, Salah has become a fan favourite since his arrival, netting 111 goals in 178 games.
However, just as with Liverpool in general, the Egyptian’s contributions have dried up. The Reds have not scored in their past three Premier League games and are without a win in four.
As such, Klopp’s men have slipped from top spot to fourth in the table ahead of a tough run.
Salah names key Liverpool problem
Salah said: “We started the season really well. It’s happened to every team and that’s why it’s so smooth. Unfortunately, we haven’t done enough to win the last few games, but we can do better.
“We just have to take a few steps back and play our game, that’s it.
“Of course, it’s affected [injuries] us in one way or another, but the players who play in that position always do their best.
“We’ve lost some top players like Virg [Virgil van Dijk] and Joe [Gomez], and Diogo Jota was also injured. The situation would have been better if we had all available, but we are not complaining since we have young players who have done very well and who are doing their best.
“Yes, we have had injuries, but we have to deal with the situation and continue. It is that, and not complaining, that will make us masters.”
Liverpool will look to win in the Premier League for the first time in five games on Thursday when Burnley are the visitors to Anfield.