Monday 18 February 2019

Salah 'very happy' to sign a new deal at Anfield

NEW DEAL: Mohamed Salah
NEW DEAL: Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has expressed his delight and confidence about the future after signing a new contract with Liverpool.

The Reds announced yesterday that Salah, who joined them from Roma last summer, had agreed a new "long-term" deal. The contract is for five years, with no release clause.

The Egyptian forward, scorer of 44 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for the club last season, said in a video posted on Liverpool's official social media accounts: "Hello to Liverpool fans, I'm very happy to say I have signed a new contract with the club.

"My first year at the club was an incredible experience for me and my family. I have to thank everyone at Liverpool and also you, our supporters.

"I know we can achieve a lot of things together (and) I'm looking forward to seeing you. See you soon." Salah finished last term as the Premier League Golden Boot winner with a 32-goal haul, a new record in a 38-game season, and he was named both the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year.

He also helped Liverpool reach the Champions League final, which they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid, with the 26-year-old coming off in the first half due to a shoulder injury.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, whose side came fourth in the Premier League, said: "I think this news can be seen for what it is; rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season.

"It demonstrates two things very clearly also - his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him.

"We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield where they can fulfil all their professional dreams and ambitions - we are working hard together to achieve this.

"When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think.

"Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment.

VISION: Jurgen Klopp
VISION: Jurgen Klopp

"The key thing to remember is the best thing about Mo is that he never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it. He recognises his team-mates and this club helped him achieve individual success last season. He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special.

"Mo reflects where we are as a team, I think. Last season was special with many special moments - but we want more."

Meanwhile, Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has joined Hibernian on a season-long loan deal. The Reds confirmed the move had been completed ahead of Hibernian's Europa League clash against NSI Runavik on July 12.

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