Klopp braced for showdown with 'outstanding' Roma

Klopp braced for showdown with 'outstanding' Roma

Liverpool, though, made it clear last month that they would not entertain bids for the Egypt worldwide, who signed a four-year deal worth £90,000 per week last summer.

Salah will face his former club for the first time since joining Liverpool for €42.7m last summer.

Jurgen Klopp says he knows for a fact that Mohamed Salah will be a Liverpool player next season.

Since his summer move to the Merseyside outfit, the 25-year-old has been in sensational form for Jurgen Klopp's side with 39 goals across all competitions, including 29 efforts to top the Premier League goalscorers' chart.

Liverpool fans might fear Salah could be lured away, having seen Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho all leave after impressing in their colours.

It was again in a German interview, he asked me pretty much the same question and I said, "Yes, I am confident".

'We were very close to each other and we are good friends. He gives us all a good feeling, so everybody is really happy for him.

"Whichever opponent we would have got, I would have said there is a chance because it is football - so there is a chance against Roma".

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The 50-year-old manager believes Salah deserved to win the award for the second month in a row.

Sky Sports News yesterday ran footage of Klopp discussing the Champions League draw after Liverpool were paired with Roma.

Liverpool have not faced Roma since 2002, but they retain fond memories of the Eternal City after twice winning the European Cup there - once against Roma in their own stadium in 1984, and against Monchengladbach in 1977.

The two met at the quarter-final stage a year ago and Real advanced after scoring three times in extra-time of the second leg once Bayern had gone down to 10 men.

Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield In the semifinal first leg on April 24, with the return at the Stadio Olimpico in Italy's capital on May 2.

The Egyptian is a contender for English football's PFA Player of the Year gong alongside City's Kevin de Bruyne, who is coincidentally another former Chelsea reject, and he is also nearly certain to win the Golden Boot ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane. "I don't think about it".

Salah and Firmino were on target to turn the second leg around in the second-half and take the prolific front three's tally for the season to a combined 79 goals.

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