Man Utd superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is still close to the peak of his powers aged 36 and doesn’t look like slowing down – and Jurgen Klopp thinks Mohamed Salah can copy that longevity
Mo Salah can emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and play at the summit of world football until his mid-30s….and that will help with contract talks.
That is the opinion of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp – who insists he is hopeful Salah will sign a new contract with the Reds and deliver for them over the next five years at least.
Negotiations are ongoing between the Egyptian star and the Mersey club’s board, with protracted discussions making the Anfield fan-base nervous about a conclusion that will secure the future of their most important player.
Salah will be 30 next June, and this will be his last big contract. But Liverpool’s owners have historically reluctant to offer huge, long term deals to players in their 30s.
When asked though, whether Salah’s fitness and professionalism will help in those contract talks – allowing the club to offer a new, longer contract – Klopp replied with a smile: “Him!”
When asked to expand, he said: “It helps him for sure, and the team he is playing for then as well….and I hope it is us.”
Klopp has seemed a little exasperated of late that he has been left to field all the questions over Salah’s contract as talks have dragged on.
But he has maintained all along he wants and expects the player to stay, while insisting he is the best in the world at the moment.
The Premier League ’s top scorer goes head to head with Ronaldo at Old Trafford on Sunday, and Klopp spoke glowingly about the pair, insisting they have the same professionalism and dedication, which extends their shelf life at the very top.