Jurgen Klopp insists he 'knows Mo Salah wants to stay' and is 'positive' about new contract for Liverpool star

JURGEN KLOPP is feeling ‘positive’ about a new Liverpool contract for Mo Salah, insisting he knows the Egyptian ‘wants to stay’ at Anfield.

Salah, 29, has just 18 months remaining on his Reds deal.

But an agreement over an extension is yet to be reached despite lengthy talks – despite Salah revealing yesterday he was ‘not asking for crazy stuff’ in negotiations.

And Liverpool boss Klopp appears confident that both parties will settle on suitable terms shortly, declaring: “There’s nothing in it that’s unexpected.

"I know that Mo wants to stay. We want Mo to stay. That’s where we are. It takes time.

"I think it is in a good place. I’m very positive about it."

Klopp’s comments came after Salah told GQ Magazine: "I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands.

"They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff.

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"The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something, because they appreciate what you did for the club.

"I’ve been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me.

"But with the administration, they have [been] told the situation. It’s in their hands.

"If you asked me if [winning the Ballon d’Or] was a drive for me to be here? Yeah, of course.

"I can’t really lie and say honestly I didn’t think about it. No, I think about it. I want to be the best player in the world.

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"But I will have a good life even if I don’t win [the Ballon d’Or]. My life is OK, everything is fine."

Salah joined Liverpool from Roma for an initial £36.5million in 2017 and has gone on to score an incredible 148 goals in just 229 games.

He fired the Reds to Champions League glory in 2019 and followed it up a year later with Liverpool's first-ever Premier League title.

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