Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thinks Mohamed Salah’s “best years are to come” after his three-year contract extension was announced.
The forward joined the Reds ahead of the 2017/18 season from AS Roma for a fee in the region of £43m.
Salah has helped Liverpool win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup in recent years.
The Egypt international enjoyed one of his best seasons to date for Liverpool last term. He was involved in 47 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions.
His previous contract was due to expire in 2023. The player and club have been in discussions regarding a new deal over the past year.
It was confirmed on Friday afternoon that Salah has penned a new three-year deal. He will earn around £350,000 a week.
Klopp has now spoken on Salah’s contract extension. He thinks it is the “best decision for him” to stay with Liverpool:
“This is a special treat for our supporters to enjoy their weekend even more. I’m sure there will be some celebrations for this news tonight,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Really pleased – really, really pleased. It’s the best decision for us and best decision for him. He belongs with us I think. This is his club now.
“Of course it has taken a little time but that’s absolutely OK and the best things are always worth waiting for anyway. Mo is one of the best players in the world; it’s only normal there are things to sort when you are at his level. So big credit to Julian Ward and Mike Gordon for guiding us to this destination.
“I have no doubt Mo’s best years are still to come. And that’s saying something, because the first five seasons here have been the stuff of legend.
“Fitness-wise, he’s a machine – in the most incredible shape. He works hard on it and he gets his rewards. His ability and his skill level gets higher each season, and his decision-making has gone to another level also.
“He is adored by his teammates. As coaches we know we work with someone special. And the supporters have crowned him a king. So, very cool.
“It is just great news. It makes me smile thinking about it. He stays with us for longer and it means we can achieve more together.”