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Mohamed Salah's departure to Saudi Arabia is unconcerned : Jurgen Klopp


The potential of Mohamed Salah being sought by Saudi Arabian clubs in January doesn't worry Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Prior to the Premier League transfer market closing on September 1 and the Saudi Arabian transfer window closing six days later, the Reds turned down a £150 million offer for the 31-year-old.

Salah still may be moved, according to Saudi Pro League director of football Michael Emenalo.

Klopp asked, "You've got to be kidding me.

"You inquire about the January transfer window a week after we close the transfer window.

mohammed salah and Jurgen Klopp.

You can't raise these questions in December, of course. We'll have to wait and see. I'm not worried right now, just until then.

"Until you reopened that wound, I didn't even consider it. I'm not concerned, no.

In his remarks ahead to his team's travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers (1230 BST) on Saturday, Klopp also addressed former captain Jordan Henderson, who had claimed that Liverpool had not made him feel wanted before Henderson left for Al-Ettifaq in the summer.

Since joining the Reds from Sunderland in 2011, Henderson has made 492 appearances, served as captain, and won seven major championships, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and EFL Cup.

Henderson earlier this month stated, "We wouldn't be having this talk if one of those individuals [at Liverpool] said to me, "We want you to stay."

"Now, that's not to say they forced me out of the club or were saying they wanted me to leave, but at no point did I feel wanted by the club or anyone to stay."

After Liverpool signed midfielders Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai early in the summer transfer window, Henderson left for Saudi Arabia.

"After hearing about it, I read it. Hendo spoke the truth in all respects, according to Klopp.

"We discussed things. I informed "Hendo" that I wanted him to stay, but I had to bring up the prospect that he might not play frequently during these conversations.

"He might have played in 50 games if 'Hendo' had performed. Perfectly acceptable and doable.

"Given the bond we had, I believed it was crucial that we discussed everything, including "what if...?"

Hendo is an excellent player, and I will always admire him. However, he is not as good off the pitch.

"He was my captain, and I wanted to talk about it now because I didn't want to wake up one morning to fight because he thought he would be beginning and I was telling him he would not be.

"That came out as 'he doesn't want me here,' in Hendo's ear and thinking.

He said that he would have stayed if I had said things like, "Hendo, stay here; you will be the primary man in midfield. Although it is true, I was unable to express it.

"As much as I wanted him to stay, I was unable to do so; therefore, it was preferable that 'Hendo' move on.

There isn't even a hint of animosity or anything else.