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Bengaluru — Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah said his contract demands are not “crazy” and that his future at Anfield is not in his hands as talks continue with the Egyptian international over a new deal.
The 29-year-old, the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 16 goals, has a contract with Liverpool until June 2023.
Salah maintained that he wants to stay at Liverpool but added he is yet to receive a suitable offer that reflects his contributions since joining them from AS Roma in 2017 and helped them win the Champions League and Premier League.
“I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff,” Salah told GQ Magazine in an interview published on Tuesday.
“The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something, [they should] because they appreciate what you did for the club.
“I’ve been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have [been] told the situation. It’s in their hands.”
Liverpool host Arsenal in the League Cup semifinal on Thursday and Brentford in the Premier League on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick was pleased with their aggression in Monday’s 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Aston Villa but said his players need to put more pressure on their opponents when out of possession.
An early header by midfielder Scott McTominay put United ahead but Villa dominated large parts of the contest, striking the woodwork twice, forcing David de Gea into several saves and having two goals disallowed.
“I saw more aggression but I didn’t necessarily see that much more pressing ... to see those pressing moments, you have to get into those pressing moments,” Rangnick told United’s TV channel.
“It’s difficult against Villa. But what I saw was a team that desperately wanted to win and in the end that’s why we won the game.”
Rangnick said he wants United, who face Middlesbrough in the fourth round, to be tighter at the back. “We have to develop the team into a clean sheet team ... that was another one today but still David de Gea was outstanding,” Rangnick said.
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