Liverpool’s success in recent years has often involved coming close to winning titles but never quite managing it. For fans, it’s been a case of heartbreak after heartbreak as the likes of Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho have left to move elsewhere in search of silverware. Now, under Jurgen Klopp, that could change, as Mohamed Salah has pointed out.
The Egyptian spoke on his relationship with the coach in a recent interview and revealed that it is not just a working relationship that he has with his manager.
“You know, before everything we are friends,” Salah said, speaking to EASPORTS.com.
“I like him a lot. He has helped me a lot to do what I’m doing on the field and off it. I have to thank him for everything he has done this year, I really respect him a lot and I’m sure we are going to do something special for the club this year to end it.”
“It was always on my mind to perform the best I can. I had two great seasons in Rome but it was always on my mind to come back to the Premier League to show the people who said I didn’t succeed here the first time and prove that I can be a success in the Premier League.”
The Egyptian has clearly attracted interest after his incredibly prolific campaign at Anfield despite only having just arrived from AS Roma last summer, but such statements show that he will not be tempted to move on after only 12 months.
Whilst in the past Klopp himself, Brendan Rodgers and even Kenny Dalglish have not been able to convince star men to stay on Merseyside, it’s clear that the German has a strong influence over his striker.
If Liverpool can use that to their advantage when European giants come calling, it will give the Reds a major boost. Retaining the likes of Salah is key to Klopp building a golden era at the club, much like he attempted at Borussia Dortmund.
In that case, finances proved too powerful and even after achieving greatness he lost the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, but the might and size of Liverpool could help him to go one better at Liverpool.
Salah may be keen for Champions League success in Kiev next weekend, but if he is going to stay and lead Klopp’s side for years to come it could be just the start.