SALAH STILL COMMITTED TO EGYPT, SAYS JÜRGEN KLOPP

SALAH STILL COMMITTED TO EGYPT, SAYS JÜRGEN KLOPP

As Egypt prepare for the Match Day 2 encounter with Niger Republic in Alexandria on Saturday, Liverpool’s manager, Jürgen Klopp has assured that his player, Mohamed Salah is committed to still contribute to the national team’s success.

Salah, the highest profiled Egyptian player has had a running row with Egypt’s football association.

His club manager gave assurances that the situation will not affect Salah’s focus at Liverpool or commitment to the national team.

According to British newspaper, The Guardian, Klopp talked with Salah about the his dispute with the EFA over security and image rights, which resurfaced last week when the forward outlined his concerns over Egypt’s World Cup preparations.

Klopp does not believe the controversy will distract Salah on the pitch, or prompt him to quit international football, but admits the dispute needs to be resolved as a matter of urgency.

“I’m not worried about his focus, because I spoke to him,” he said. “I can’t see that [affecting his club form] at the moment. It’s 100% clear – he wants to play for his country from his heart and he wants to play for us.

“The rest is … you have to sort it and they have to sort it. When was the last time Egypt had a player like him?

“They need to get used to it. So far, maybe it was not perfect. Make it perfect, and then everything will be fine in the end.”

Salah has scored twice in Liverpool’s 100% start to the Premier League campaign and Klopp believes his star man is playing with more confidence than 12 months ago.

Klopp, whose side travel to Leicester on Saturday, said: “He’s a very smart person, very smart. He’s not a kid any more and he doesn’t expect that everything will be at the highest level all the time.

“If it is not like that anymore then he will dig deep. He is completely settled. We spoke about everything and he is completely fine.

“He’s not thinking about the end of the season and he has no number [of goals] in his mind. Last season he didn’t think: ‘Let’s score a new record’; it was only ever: ‘Let’s score goals, let’s play football.’ To me he looks exactly the same again only with more confidence because now he knows it’s possible. But that is the only change.”

 

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