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Klopp urges FIFA to change Saudi league’s transfer date amid Salah bid

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has again called for FIFA to alter Saudi Arabia’s transfer window date as speculation continues around Mohamed Salah.

There are reports that Saudi champions Al-Ittihad have trying to lure the 31-year-old to the Saudi Pro League and Liverpool have insisted that the 31-year-old with two years left on his deal, is not for sale.

With the Premier League transfer window entering its final week. Liverpool are leaving nothing to the moneybag league on their player saying they have no intention of listening to any offers for Salah.

So far, the Reds have lost two of their top players to the Saudi league, including former captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho. Now, Liverpool are not willing to lose their number five all-time goalscorer, who was also exceptional in last week’s 3-1 win at home to Bournemouth.

The manager during the club’s Friday press conference urged FIFA to put Saudi’s transfer deadline close to Europe’s to reduce the threat of teams losing key players without the option of replacement until the winter transfer window.

Klopp said, “I understand 100%, that is not comfortable and that it is not cool for us, but that is how it is. But if we want a player from, I don’t know, Wigan Athletic (for example), I go there and they tell us the price, and we probably pay it. Probably, it depends on a little bit but not just us, big clubs in football.

“The Bundesliga is like that if Bayern comes or Dortmund then Bielefeld or Mainz they cannot react, but there is a next level now yes, definitely and it is not great.

“I think this is part of the business and I am not sure if you can change that or if someone will change that but what makes it from a specific moment makes it not possible to deal with is our transfer window closes and the other transfer window stays open, so if they do not stop now then how can we react? We have a squad together now for the season that we try to keep together until next week [after the transfer deadline].

“From that moment we play until the first of January and this is our squad. That is what everyone is used to. And now we have that problem. We had it in the past with Russia if I remember right, it was a long time ago, thankfully, but they had a different transfer window and could still come [for players] but that was not completely crazy money.”

Klopp added: “It is new, it’s challenging for everybody and we have to learn to deal with it, that is what I would say. But the authorities should make clear that if you want to be part of the system then you do your business at the same time like all the others at least. If we cannot change the rest then let’s change that. I am pretty sure FIFA could do it like this (clicks fingers). I am not sure they want to but they could.”

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