Liverpool tying Klopp down 'huge in Salah talks - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

30th Apr, 2022 | 8:00pm

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Noel Whelan has insisted Jurgen Klopp’s new contract is “huge” as Liverpool look to tie down both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United striker claimed it is “great for the players” that the 54-year-old’s long-term future is at Anfield.

Liverpool confirmed on Thursday (28 April) that Klopp has signed a new contract that will run until 2026.

The German manager’s new deal comes as Liverpool look to tie down their star players.

Football Insider revealed (9 April) that the Reds are close to a breakthrough in talks with Mohamed Salah.

Meanwhile, a recruitment source told this site the Merseyside giants also plan to offer Mane a new deal.

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Whelan insisted news of the manager’s new deal is “vitally important” for the duo.

Discussing the impact Klopp’s contract may have in player negotiations, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “This is huge. He’s key to players staying at the club as well.

“You see the reputation that he has with the players, that relationship, that one-on-one, that bonding.

“I think it’s great for the players to know that he’s there for another two years. That’s vitally important.

There’s a lot of hard work that needs to be done in contract talks with Mane and Salah. But it’s important Klopp’s doing the contract talks.

“It also makes it very easy for the manager to know what he wants as well. It works both ways.

“I think the fans would choose manager over players because of what he’s done and how important and how key to their success he has been.

He’s building something and he’s got plans in mind. Whether some of these players will be there with the plans in mind remains to be seen.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire issues “incredible” claim as Liverpool to bank £10million-plus after announcement.