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Klopp said he has no concerns that Mohamed Salah, who had tweeted that there were “no excuses” for Liverpool’s failure to get a top-four finish will look to leave this summer and insisted his 30-goal top-scorer was just saying sorry to fans for their collective underachievement.
Salah signed a new contract last summer and Klopp is adamant the winger loves life at Anfield, while he is determined to have a squad of players who want to be there, regardless of which European competition they are in.
“No worries no, [that he’ll go],” the Liverpool manager said. “Obviously Mo loves being here and Mo was part of, he said, apologies for what ‘we’ did - not apologies for ‘what the other guys did, but I had to go with them’…not at all. It is all fine.
“If ever a player would come to me, and said, ‘Oh, we didn’t qualify for the Champions League, I have to leave,’ I would drive him to the other club myself. I would take the key, (and say) ‘Come in the car, where do you want to go, I drive you’.
“That would be something I never could understand. It is I would say [adopting a childish voice], ‘Oh, we didn’t qualify for the Champions League, I need to work in the Champions League so I go’.
“I am responsible for this mess, or whatever, so you can not go in these moments. It is not the case with Mo, not at all, and nobody else told me - they ask if they can have a longer holiday or whatever - but nobody asks me if after holiday they have to come back.”