Jurgen Klopp reveals Mohamed Salah's reaction to failed Saudi transfer

  • Al Ittihad were prepared to break the world transfer record to sign Salah
  • Egypt forward remains a top target for Saudi Arabia
  • Salah has ten goals and four assists in 14 games this season

Salah has excelled this season
Salah has excelled this season / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Mohamed Salah's response to intense interest from Saudi Arabia during the summer transfer window.

Al Ittihad saw a verbal offer of £150m rejected by Liverpool and were prepared to make Salah the most expensive player in history by raising their bid to over £200m, but the Reds held firm and repeatedly refused to do business.

The speculation clearly did not impact Salah on the pitch as the Egypt forward has racked up ten goals and four assists in 14 games.

Ahead of Saturday's meeting with Luton Town, Klopp was full of praise for Salah and insisted the 31-year-old remains completely focused on succeeding with Liverpool.

"I don’t know anything about an offer or whatever, but it’s not important," Klopp claimed of a summer bid. "Mo is here, Mo never came to me and wanted to go. I didn’t think a second about it, to be honest, should we [sell] or not, or whatever. So yes, he's here.

Mohamed Salah, Jurgen Klopp
Klopp was full of praise for Salah / Visionhaus/GettyImages

"He feels extremely well, you can see that he enjoys the team a lot, played 105 minutes [against Nottingham Forest] and then he played as a No. 9 [against Bournemouth], enjoyed that as well.

"Yes, good shape, on the pitch, goalscoring-wise, everybody can see that; off the pitch, he’s in even better shape, I would say. He’s really positive. He enjoys the company of the boys and sees that there is a lot of potential, and wants to maximise that by getting something out of it.

"But the other stuff, we never thought about it, and I hope I don’t have to."

90min understands that Salah remains one of the top targets for the Saudi Pro League alongside Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, although whether there will be any formal interest in the January transfer window remains to be seen.