Jurgen Klopp has outlined why he is confident Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane won’t leave Liverpool.
And it’s not because the Reds are Premier League kings as well as world and European champions.
Since Liverpool’s rise to the top of world football over the past couple of seasons, there has been constant speculation over the futures of star forwards Salah and Mane.
The transfer talk ramped up after Liverpool won the Champions League last year, while Klopp’s side have since added the UEFA Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the Premier League title.
However, Klopp says it’s not the fact that Liverpool are champions of England, Europe and the world that’s keeping them at Anfield – rather, it’s the challenge of creating a dynasty that rewrites the record books in English football.
“Tell me a better challenge than being successful with Liverpool FC?” the Liverpool manager said.
He went on to explain that Madrid, Barca, Bayern and Juventus are already the dominant forces in their respective countries – while Liverpool’s story of success is only just beginning again after 30 years in the title wilderness.
“There are a lot of big clubs, but if you go to Madrid or Barcelona, you win the league six or seven times in 15 years,” said Klopp.
“Bayern win it nine times and Juventus is similar. These are great achievements but what is really interesting is to make an impact here.
“We try everything to be a really exciting club and to make a really exciting story that everyone wants to be a part of.
“The plan is for the players to look back and say … one of the most important days of my life was the day I signed for Liverpool.”
Salah and Mane are in the hunt for the Premier League’s Golden Boot award again this year, with 17 and 15 league goals respectively ahead of Sunday’s visit of Aston Villa.
Leading the race with 19 goals apiece are Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – with the Arsenal striker having shared the award with Salah and Mane last season as all three notched 22 strikes.
Salah, of course, was out on his own in winning the award the previous season after netted a whopping 32 goals during the 2017/18 campaign.
With goalscoring ability like that, along with the pair’s famed pace and dynamism, it’s no wonder Europe’s (other) top clubs won’t stop sniffing around.
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