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02nd Jul 2018

Mohamed Salah signs new Liverpool deal to 2023

Melissa Reddy

Liverpool have received a massive fillip as they kickstart their preparations for 2018-2019 with Mohamed Salah signing a new five-year contract without a release clause.

The Egypt international, who joined the club 12 months ago for an initial £36.9 million from Roma, has been rewarded for a record-breaking debut season in which he supplied a staggering 44 goals across all competitions in just 52 games.

The multi-award winner, who netted twice at the World Cup after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final, is now among the highest earners at the club.

Jurgen Klopp believes the 26-year-old’s decision to ink the deal until 2023 underscores the upward trajectory of the Merseysiders.

“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,” the manager told LFC’s official website.

“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.

Salah endured an gutting end to the previous campaign, limping off against Real Madrid in Kiev on 31 minutes after tangling with Sergio Ramos as the Spanish giants were crowned continental kings for a third time in succession.

He then sat out Egypt’s Group A opening defeat against Uruguay as a pre-caution, before scoring in the losses to hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia as the Pharaohs exited the tournament without a point.

Salah is currently on holiday and will link up with Liverpool ahead of their tour to the United States for the International Champions Cup as he looks to continue his upward trajectory.

Klopp will oversee the first day of the club’s pre-season training on Monday at Melwood.