Liverpool won't force Salah to stay, says Klopp
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VIDEO SHOWS: NEWS CONFERENCE WITH LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, FILE FOOT BY MOHAMED SALAH AND ANFIELD
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 24, 2020) (LIVERPOOL FC HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYS:
"We could all look for something different if you want, but I think the only reason to leave Liverpool right now is really the weather. So, and even that is good. What other reason could there be? This is one of the biggest clubs We pay good money, maybe not the most in the world, but we pay well and we have a sensational stadium with great fans. We have a fan base all over the world. So our colors are red, this is the most beautiful Color anyway. So what's the reason? You can't make people stay, but that's it. We never did, by the way. It's all about timing, the right moments and things like that. We make changes and bring players in. If a player wants to leave then we probably can't hold them back. I just wouldn't understand why anyone would want to leave. And when Mo (Mohamed Salah) answered the question, it was that these cliffs on i hm might be interested and he didn't. I'm not ruling this out ... imagine, OK, I'm different because when you ask me you ask me a lot about these things about your contract and such, but when you get one Ask a player in the world who doesn't play for Barcelona and Real Madrid and then ask him, “Can you imagine playing for them one day?” And he would say, “No, not for them; really Spanish ... they're not the big ones in Spain. "Why would he say that? The only thing he said is that we'll see. We'll see. And about Liverpool, it's in the club's hands and stuff . That's yes, maybe true, maybe not. Huh ... it's 100% true, but it's about conversations and talking about the future and things like that. It's really all right. You obviously don't have much to tell and that's why you made a really long story out of an interview, which is totally fine, but that doesn't make it more important to me at the moment. Mo is very important player to me of course, but this story is it Not. "
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - OCTOBER 26, 2020) (UEFA - NO SALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST BE ON SCREEN BY FRIENDLY PERMISSION © UEFA 2020)
2. MOHAMED SALAH IN THE TRAINING SESSION
3rd LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP OBSERVATION SESSION
4. SALAH TRAINING
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - NOVEMBER 2, 2020) (UEFA - NO SALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST BE PERMITTED BY FRIENDLY "© UEFA 2020" SCREEN)
5. SALAH GOES TO TRAINING WITH TEAM MATS
6. MISCELLANEOUS SALAH STRETCHING
7. WIDE OF LIVERPOOL TRAINING SESSION
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JUNE 25, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
8. MISCELLANEOUS KENNY DALGLISH STAND AT ANFIELD STADIUM
9. SHANKLY GATES
10. Coats of arms on narrow gates
11. LIVERPOOL FLAG
12. MISCELLANEOUS OF THE BILL SHANKLY STATUE AT KOP END
13. INSCRIPTION OF THE STATUE READING (English) "Bill Shankly He Made People Happy"
14. MISCELLANEOUS OF THE KOP STAND
15. REGISTER STAGE, READ "THE KOP"
16. MISCELLANEOUS JUERGEN KLOPP MURAL
HISTORY: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp sees no reason why Mohamed Salah would want to leave the Premier League champions but says he would not bring the Egyptian forward against his will at the club.
Salah told Spanish newspaper AS in an interview earlier this month that he admired Real Madrid and Barcelona, which fueled the talks in the UK media that he wanted to continue.
"I think the only reason to leave Liverpool at the moment is for the weather. What other reason could there be?" Klopp said at a press conference.
"This is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We pay good money. We have a sensational stadium with excellent fans."
"You can't make people stay, but that's it ... We make changes and we bring players in and if a player wants to leave we probably can't hold them back. I just wouldn't understand why anyone would want that walk."
Salah stayed on the bench in last weekend's 7-0 win over Crystal Palace but still scored two goals as he helped the leaders maintain their form.
In a 1-1 draw in Midtjylland, Denmark, he became Liverpool's top scorer in the Champions League earlier this month.
Klopp said Salah's comments on the Spanish sides did not indicate his desire to leave Liverpool.
"If you ask a player in the world who doesn't play for Barcelona or Madrid if he can imagine playing there one day and he said, 'No, Spanish football is not for me', why should he say that ?
"Mo is obviously a very important player to me, but this story isn't."
Liverpool are at the top of the table with 31 points from 14 games, four points ahead of second-placed Leicester City. They face West Bromwich Albion, who is second from the bottom, on Sunday (December 27th).
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