It has been confirmed that Mohamed Salah will be staying at Liverpool for the upcoming season while teammate Sadio Mane is yet to reveal his future at the club after the Champions League final.
Both Salah and Mane are out of contract next summer and have been linked to potential transfer moves away from Liverpool. Regardless of the reports, Salah has made it clear that he likes to remain at Anfield beyond his current deal.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final, the pair gave updates on their situation. Both Salah and Mane will be 31 when their existing contracts run out next summer.
Salah said in a press conference:
“In my mind, I don’t focus on the contract. I don’t want to be selfish at all. I said two months ago it’s about the team. It’s an important week for us. I’m just focused on the team and winning the Champions League again. I want to see Hendo [Jordan Henderson] with the trophy in the hands and hopefully, he gives it to me. I don’t want to talk about the contract now, I’m staying next season for sure, that’s clear.”
Salah’s deal ends in June 2023, leading to speculation he could be sold if he did not sign a new one as he would leave on a free in a year’s time. When asked about his future before Saturday’s Champions League final, he said: “I don’t want to talk about that.
Salah’s team-mate Sadio Mane said he would announce his decision on his own future after the final in Paris. The Senegal international, who has scored 120 goals in 268 games for the Reds, will also enter the last 12 months of his contract from June.
He told Sky Sports News: “This question [about my future] I will answer after Champions League. If I’m staying or not, I’m going to answer after [the] Champions League.”
Mohamed Salah confirms he will stay at Liverpool next season
It was 2017 when Salah left Roma to join Liverpool in the Premier League. Since then, the star player has scored 156 goals in 253 games for the team. He also helped the club win the Premier League in 2019-20, the 2019 Champions League, the FA Cup and League Cup this season plus the Fifa Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup during his time at Anfield.
Mane has also had an impressive run while at the club where he has scored 120 goals in 268 games for Liverpool. How the Champions League game turns out for the club will help him determine his decision to whether stay or leave.
Jurgen Klopp’s response to both the player’s decisions has been straightforward. According to him, the result in Paris would not affect the outcome of the discussions with Salah or Mane and said all of his players were already aware of the club’s intentions regarding their futures.
He said: “No [it will not have an effect]. Not at all. What do you mean? If we win then they will want to go now? Or… We are in talks with all the players. But no [it has not affected the players], now is not the time.
“Sometimes players have this idea, we have another, sometimes they don’t match immediately but we work together, we have known each other for ages. It’s all fine. It is all clear, not one of them is waiting to hear from us what we want to do.”