Klopp 'not worried' about any attempts to lure Salah from Liverpool

Liverpool's team bus departs Melwood training ground early on Tuesday afternoon

Liverpool's team bus departs Melwood training ground early on Tuesday afternoon

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that Mohamed Salah has now moved ahead of Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne in the race for the prestigious Premier League Player of the Year award.

Friday's draw paired Jurgen Klopp's side with the Serie A giants as Salah prepares to make an emotional first return to his former club.

The 25-year-old was similarly prolific in Italy, having found the net 34 times in two seasons in Rome. "I love them because I play here at Anfield and I hear that every game". "We had good results in the month so that's the most important thing". "We had a good time in the dressing room".

"We don't care who we get - we know how hard it's going to be and we need to try and work so hard to get to the final because we need to deserve it. To come to Liverpool, he had different options and he wanted to come here".

Asked how Liverpool came around to signing Mohamed Salah, Klopp explained: "I already knew him from Basel".

"If we now always start talking after a year and is it will he leave or whatever, then I don't think about".

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TF1 insisted, nevertheless, that "talks are well advanced" between the Catalan giants and the 27-year-old Frenchman. Atletico's response to falling behind was impressive, with Diego Simeone's side immediately taking the initiative.

"I don't think - I know he will be here. The legends we all love are around and they are clapping because they like this", he continued. "Looking forward to seeing you again", read one message on Twitter immediatley after the tie was confirmed. "It's still five games to go, there's a big chance, let's see".

Salah, who also plays for Egypt's national team, is quickly becoming a darling of the English football community.

"I will watch them for sure because it is destiny", Klopp said. "My impression is they are all excited about being in this group".

"He's still got five Premier League games left and potentially three more in the Champions League".

Salah's remaining work isn't limited to domestic competitions though, as he scored in each leg to help Liverpool through in their Champions League quarter final clash with Manchester City. "There's at least a little bit of hope".