«We’re all human» – Virgil van Dijk not stunned if contract speak affected Salah – Liverpool FC

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Mohamed Salah‘s future is now dedicated to Liverpool after signing a deal till 2025 earlier this summer time, however the furore all through the marketing campaign left loads for the winger to navigate.

There have been months of debate concerning Salah’s future final season and the sense was that it could proceed into 2022/23 with talks having seemingly reached an deadlock.

From cryptic tweets from Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, to the No. 11’s interviews with the Spanish press and statements of “not asking for loopy stuff,” it took up loads of headlines.

Fortunately, it was all put to relaxation at first of July as Salah penned a brand new three-year contract to make him the membership’s highest-paid participant in historical past.

The speak and rumours have been swiftly silenced however that doesn’t imply it didn’t take its toll, with Virgil van Dijk fast to say gamers are nonetheless “human beings” on the finish of the day.

“On the finish of the season, from perhaps April till the top, there was plenty of speak about (his) contract and stuff,” Van Dijk stated of Salah to The Telegraph.

“We’re all human beings and perhaps that affected him a bit of bit, sadly.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 7, 2022: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“However he nonetheless confirmed excessive ranges and high quality and he performed with a free thoughts and clearly he’s pleased to be right here and I believe everyone seems to be pleased to be right here.

“He confirmed it already for the final three years. He’s below the microscope all the time.

“He created that himself, he’s such participant, however he reveals that persistently on a regular basis for my part.”

There was a dip from Salah however he has been persistently working at a world-class degree for quite a few years and throughout 2021/22 was tasked with taking part in an exhausting 5,455 minutes for membership and nation.

The Egyptian ended final season along with his joint-second most targets in a single marketing campaign for the membership (31), and if the contract talks did weigh on his thoughts, you possibly can solely think about what he can conjure up this season.

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