Liverpool handed 'big' Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane boost after confirmed news - pundit
Jurgen Klopp’s new contract has handed Liverpool a “big” boost in their bid to secure Mohamed Salah’s and Sadio Mane’s long-term futures.
That is the view of ex-Man City and England full-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Liverpool confirmed Klopp had put pen-to-paper on a new deal.
The club confirmed on Thursday (28 April) that the 54-year-old has signed a new four-year deal with his previous deal set to expire in 2024.
Liverpool may now turn their attention to securing Salah and Mane to new deals with both set to become free agents at the end of next season.
As quoted by BBC Sport on Friday (29 April), Klopp claimed his new contract will not be “decisive” when his star forwards make the decision on their futures.
But Mills has claimed it is not an insignificant development and will have an effect.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It could well be part of their thinking.
“They could be thinking ‘Is Klopp going to be here long term? Are the club going to invest in other players to keep us at this level?’
“First and foremost they’ve got the manager tied down because players often want assurances that the club will try to continue to succeed and continue to sign good players.
“Mo Salah is going to want to compete for the Champions League, the Premier League and every other trophy. The guarantee that Klopp is there and is going to continue what he’s done is over the last five or six seasons is a big part of that.”
Klopp signed Mane from Southampton in the summer of 2016 while Salah arrived the following year from Roma.
The pair have both scored over 100 goals in all competitions for the club.