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27th Apr 2019

Jurgen Klopp addresses Mo Salah feud stories head-on in BBC interview

Patrick McCarry

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The Liverpool boss was not having a bar of it

Jurgen Klopp acted swiftly on Friday night to assure Liverpool fans that Roberto Firmino’s season was not over and, while he was at it, he cut down a rumour about his relationship with star forward Mohamed Salah.

Klopp was speaking with the BBC after his Reds side defeated Huddersfield 5-0 at Anfield to go top of the Premier League table, on 91 points. Liverpool could potentially finish the season on 97 points and still miss out on the title to Manchester City, who play Burnley on Sunday.

Klopp’s side went into the Friday night league encounter without the services of Firmino but still had Sadio Mane and Salah in the XI. That duo combined to score four of their side’s five goals and have equalled a league record set by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge five seasons ago.

Liverpool have four fixtures left in their season and the potential for a fifth if they can overcome Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

Their European challenge faltered down the closing straight last season and Liverpool fans still rue the shoulder injury that saw Salah leave the pitch in the first half of their final loss to Real Madrid last May.

Reds supporters will be dearly wishing Firmino will be available for the run-in.

Asked by the BBC if the rumours of Firmino having a season-ending injury were true, Klopp did not mess about. Harking back to a story that was recently reported – about Salah and Klopp falling out – he declared:

“Wow! I always tell you don’t believe 3 percent of what’s on social media. So, let’s start with that.

“I had no argument with Mo Salah. Especially not after the Chelsea game. I have no clue why that should have happened.

“And Roberto Firmino is not out for the rest of the season.”

Emphatic response.

It will be interesting to see if Firmino does take the field against Barca in the semi-final first leg next week.