Jamie Carragher claims Jurgen Klopp “didn’t want to sign” Liverpool star

Jamie Carragher has claimed that Jurgen Klopp “didn’t want to sign” a Liverpool star when he joined the club.

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Liverpool and their transfer policy have been a major talking point for both fans and pundits alike.

Since Jurgen Klopp joined the Reds, he has rarely had a large transfer kitty to dip into aside from the season after Coutinho was sold.

Granted, the sale of the former Brazil international is arguably the most important sale in Liverpool’s history.

As, following his sale, the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson and Fabinho were all brought in.

This was the Reds’ step to become the global powerhouse that they are now.

However, before the sale of Coutinho, one player who had been brought to the club was Mohamed Salah.

The winger was bought by Liverpool in summer 2017 for a then club record fee of £36.9million.

The price Salah was then bought for seems minimal compared to the pricing of today’s players.

However, at the time, it was deemed as a major risk for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

In fact, it was that much of a risk that Salah wasn’t wanted by Klopp and at the time, he preferred Julian Brandt who was at Bayern Leverkusen at the time.

This was all revealed by former Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, who claimed Klopp “didn’t want to sign him.”

When he initially came in, an interesting one was Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp is open about this,” Carragher revealed on the Stick to Football podcast.

He didn’t want to sign him, he wanted Julian Brandt.

Liverpool had tried to sign Salah before he went to Chelsea and the people behind the scenes at Liverpool were still there and Salah then went to Roma, and they were very adamant that they had to sign this player.

You look at what Mohamed Salah has done, but it could have easily gone the other way.

What would life have been like for Liverpool without Mohamed Salah?

Since arriving at the club, the Egypt international has been pivotal to the Reds’ success.

Over the course of his stay with Liverpool, he has managed to garner a total of 204 goals in just 332 games.

Whilst with the Reds, Salah has formed many attacking partnerships with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and most recently, Darwin Nunez.

Nunez and Salah have linked up for many of Liverpool’s goals this season with the pair topping the Reds’ assist charts this season.

The Anfield club reportedly rejected a bid in the region of £150million from Al-Ittihad in the summer.

At the time many thought that the bid would’ve been too good for FSG and Klopp to turn down.

However, the Reds stuck to their guns and managed to retain their star man.

Looking back, there is now no doubt that  the club made the correct decision by keeping Salah and have added arguably even more money to his overall evaluation.

However, one thing which will be lingering over Klopp’s head as summer comes round is the fact that ‘The Egyptian King’s’ contract runs out next season.

If Liverpool don’t strike a deal with the attacker soon, it could prove fatal to Liverpool’s campaign next year.

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