The Liverpool forward will turn 30 at the end of the current season, and the Reds boss is in no doubt that he will carry on at the very top level for years to come
Jurgen Klopp is certain that Mohamed Salah will still be at the top of his game into his mid-30s as he praised the Liverpool forward’s work ethic.
Salah will turn 30 at the end of the current season, and now has less than two years remaining on his current Reds deal.
He has long been linked with moves away from the club, but with transfer options dwindling and Liverpool determined to keep their top scorer from the last four seasons then all signs point to him staying at Anfield.
Salah scored his third goal in four Premier League starts this season – and the 100th Premier League goal of his career – in the 3-0 win at Leeds on Sunday, and will spearhead the Reds’ attack in the Champions League clash at home to AC Milan this week.
Speaking at his press conference before that match, Klopp was asked about how long he sees Salah playing for.
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“I’ve never spoken to Mo about how long he wants to play, but he has all the things you need to do that (play well into his 30s),” he said.
“He is more physically the type of Lionel Messi, obviously, similar height and weight, probably, so all these guys need to be lucky with the injuries.
“They were not without injuries but they could always come back from that without any further harm. That is very important.
“You need to be very lucky but Mo has all the things you need and I am pretty sure the way he sees football, he wants to be a part of the game for as long as he can, somehow.
“And there is no reason why he shouldn’t be able to do that. It is about attitude, obviously, you want it.
“I am pretty sure a couple of players finished their careers because they couldn’t be that motivated, they say ‘I want this or I want that but I am not the same as I was a few years ago’. That is why people finish their careers.
“I can’t see that with Mo, I am pretty sure Mo wants to squeeze each day out of his career as well, yes.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now 39, is one forward who has certainly done that, and Klopp is a big fan of the veteran Swede.
The former Inter, Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United forward is now back at Milan, but will miss the trip to Anfield with an Achilles injury.
“Zlatan! What a player,” Klopp said.
“I think I saw videos of him when he got injured and then early enough, he fought back with ‘lions don’t rest long’ or whatever.
“He’s a man for exceptional moments. If he’s not playing, [Olivier] Giroud will play. All really good players.
“Zlatan is one of the best players this game has ever seen. He knows that and he tells us. I like that. There is still fuel in the tank and he squeezes every drop out. He’s capable to play in every league and that is exceptional.”