Alisson reveals message from Mohamed Salah about Liverpool transfer

Alisson completed his move to Liverpool for £68.8m. (Getty Images)Alisson has revealed that Mohamed Salah got in touch with him shortly before his move to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side completed a £68.8 million deal with Roma on Thursday to sign the Brazil international, who has become the world’s most-expensive goalkeeper.

Salah, meanwhile, already has experience of having Alisson as a teammate as the pair played together at Roma before the Egyptian made the move to Liverpool last year.

And Liverpool’s latest signing admits Salah was keen for him to join Anfield.

‘We didn’t have that much contact after he left Roma,’ Alisson told Liverpool’s official website.

‘We met again in the game when we were up against each other [in the Champions League last season].

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‘Yesterday, he sent me a message saying: ‘Hey, what are you waiting for?’ As the negotiations were at an advanced stage, I replied to him straight away saying: ‘Calm down, I’m on my way!’

‘I’m really happy to have the opportunity to play alongside him again.

Alisson is set to become Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper. (Getty Images)‘As well as being a great player, he is a huge character and a great person – which is the most important thing.

‘To be with these great people and players day to day is fantastic for me.’

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John Barnes makes surprise Mo Salah admission and wants two new Liverpool signings

Salah netted 44 times last term but does he need help in Liverpool’s attack? (Getty Images)Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes believes Jurgen Klopp needs to sign back-up to Mohamed Salah despite the Egypt international’s heroics last season.

The 26-year-old scored 44 goals in his maiden campaign on Merseyside last season, helping the Reds reach the Champions League and finish third in the Premier League.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho – who left for Barcelona in January – all reached double figures for the Merseysiders last term but Barnes wants to see the front-line reinforced this summer.

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‘I know Salah did incredibly well to score 44 goals but he’ll struggle to repeat last season and he’s not an out and out striker,” he said.

‘I think Liverpool need a recognised goalscorer.

‘Obviously Roberto Firmino is playing in there but he isn’t a No.9.

Barnes wants at least two new signings at Liverpool this summer. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)‘They need a proper goalscoring No.9 to play through the middle and provide a different option.’

Klopp is still to make a decision over the future of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, both of whom were loaned out last season.

Fabinho and Naby Keita are the only two players to arrive at Liverpool this summer, with both players making their debuts in the 7-0 win over Chester FC over the weekend.

A deal to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon fell through at the last minute, while Liverpool have been linked with a host of goalkeepers including Roma’s Alisson Becker and Stoke City’s Jack Butland.

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But Barnes feels a new face at the heart of the defence to partner Virgil van Dijk, who helped turn Liverpool’s defensive record around after arriving from Southampton last January, is required.

Dejan Lovren is first choice alongside the Dutchman and has enjoyed a fine World Cup with semi-finalists Croatia, who on Wednesday take on England for a place in the Moscow final.

‘I still think they need another centre-back even though Dejan Lovren has improved since Van Dijk came in,’ the ex-England international added.

Mohamed Salah handed enormous price tag for new Premier League Fantasy Football season

The Egyptian enjoyed a record-breaking campaign last season (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been given an enormous £13m price tag for the new season of Premier League Fantasy Football after a record-breaking campaign.

The Egyptian set a new benchmark for goals in a 38-game season, scoring 32 times, but he also collected an enormous 303 points in FPL – more than any other player in the history of the game.

That eclipsed the previous record of 295 points held by another Liverpool goal machine, Luis Suarez, though the Uruguayan left for Barcelona before being giving his price.

But Salah, fresh from signing a new deal, has received his Fantasy Football price ahead of the start of the new campaign, and despite suggestions his position might be changed to a forward, he has remained a midfielder.

Salah’s price tag, which is £4m more than his starting price last season,falls just short of the FPL record of £14m, which Robin van Persie was given at the start of the 2013/14 season.

Fantasy Football prices released so far…

Mo Salah (Liverpool) – MID – £13.0mSergio Aguero (Man City) – FWD – £11.0mRomelu Lukaku (Man Utd) – FWD – £11.0mEden Hazard (Chelsea) – MID – £10.5mRoberto Firmino (Liverpool) – FWD – £9.5mRyan Sessegnon (Fulham) – MID – £6.5mGranit Xhaka (Arsenal) – MID – £5.5mRuben Neves (Wolves) – MID – £5.0mSean Morrison (Cardiff) – DEF – £5.0m

His final season at Arsenal saw him score or assist 40 times, earning a price tag of £13m for his maiden campaign at Manchester United.

After backing that up with another massive haul of 35 combined goals and assists his price tag then increased by a further £1m, though he did not deliver as United unravelled under David Moyes.

Van Persie was handed a £14m price after scoring or assisting 75 goals over two seasons (Getty)Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only other players to be given a price tag of £14m in FPL.

Prices are currently being released on the game’s official Twitter feed, with Romelu Lukaku and Roberto Firmino getting a price bump while Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero have gone down in value.

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Mohamed Salah pens five-year deal with Liverpool which includes no release clause

Mohamed Salah is staying at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah has committed his long-term future to Liverpool by signing a new five-year deal with the club.

The Reds announced the news on Tuesday morning on the back of a superb debut season for Salah at Anfield.

Salah arrived from Roma 12 months ago and scored a remarkable 44 goals in just 52 appearances in his first campaign.

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After being named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year, the forward represented his country at the World Cup.

It is believed there is no release clause in Salah’s contract which will be good news for Reds fans.

Real Madrid were believed to be sniffing around Salah this summer after watching from afar as the goalscorer became one of the best players in the world.

Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot (Picture: Getty)

(Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp returned to Liverpool on Monday for pre-season and believes Salah’s new contract is a sign of intent from the Merseyside club.

‘I think this news can be seen for what it is; rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season,’ he said.

‘It demonstrates two things very clearly also – his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him.

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Salah has penned a five-year deal (Picture: Getty)‘We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield where they can fulfil all their professional dreams and ambitions – we are working hard together to achieve this.

‘When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think.

‘Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment.

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(Picture: PA)‘The key thing to remember is the best thing about Mo is that he never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it. He recognises his teammates and this club helped him achieve individual success last season. He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special.

‘Mo reflects where we are as a team, I think. Last season was special with many special moments – but we want more.

‘We want to be more successful and achieve more together – as the supporters sang so loudly, ‘we’re never gonna stop’. This has to be the attitude individually and collectively.’

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World Cup fans panic after Mohamed Salah’s subdued goal celebration vs Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Salah is reportedly considering retirement (Picture: AFP)Mohamed Salah appeared to drop a hint about his future with Egypt when he did not celebrate his goal against Saudi Arabia.

The Egyptian star put his side ahead in their final group game with a superb lob, but was noticeably subdued in his celebrations.

Salah’s goal ended an 84-year wait for Egypt to score from open play, but the forward refused to go wild with joy amid reports he has fallen out the Egyptian FA.

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A dispute over image rights caused tension between Salah and the FA, before a staged photo opportunity with Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov caused a massive backlash.

Salah feels the Egyptian FA allowed him to be used as a political pawn and is now considering walking away from international football.

Egypt ended their World Cup campaign without a single point in three games, as they struggled to match the quality of their group rivals.

Salah’s celebrations were subdued (Picture: Reuters)

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He gave thanks for his goal, as he always does (Picture: Reuters)Salah is also clearly not fully fit, but managed to score two goals in his two appearances, one from the penalty spot.

The attacker’s second on Monday afternoon in Volgograd was vintage Salah, but he merely hugged his elated team-mates and walked back to the centre circle awaiting the restart.

It was a strange decision and did not go unnoticed by World Cup fans.

Strange that Salah didn’t celebrate his goal. Something is definitely going on
— HITMANHARJ (@hitmanharj) June 25, 2018

SALAH didn’t celebrate goalagainst Saudia Arabia.. #Respect
— Usman Khan (@UsmanKhattak01) June 25, 2018

Fee for Salah today. He didn’t celebrate. There’s huge things going on in the background we barely know about. The Egyptian FA are so corrupt.. the sooner his home in Liverpool the better. #EgyptianFA #Wankers #Salah #EgyptianKing
— Anfield96YNWA (@Anfield96YNWA) June 25, 2018

Salah doesn’t want to celebrate after all that has happened to him the past days. We all understand this.
— Sam (@VintageSalah) June 25, 2018

I love Salah man.. He didn’t even celebrate too tough so I hope he’s okay 😪
— Ruku (@thatsadman_) June 25, 2018

Watching Mo Salah not celebrate after an incredible finish is heartbreaking. What and incredible player
— Thomas Gucccione (@ThomasGuccione) June 25, 2018

Salah is so over it lol man didn’t even think to celebrate the goal
— Shateek (@chromeburger) June 25, 2018

So sad to see Mo #Salah so demoralized. He doesn’t even have the urge to celebrate his goal.
— khaled khalifa (@khaledkhalifa) June 25, 2018

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Egypt FA speaks out over Mohamed Salah’s potential international retirement

Salah scored in Egypt’s last World Cup game against Russia (Picture: Getty)The Egyptian FA has stated it has not discussed international retirement with star player Mohamed Salah.

Reports recently emerged suggesting Salah was on the brink of exiting the international set-up following the backlash received after he had his picture taken with controversial Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

However, the Egyptian FA have revealed there have been no talks over his retirement after he was announced as a ‘honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic’ by Kadyrov.

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‘We were always informed by Salah when he takes any decisions,’ the Egypt FA said in a statement.

‘We spend the whole day together and he has never discussed this issue with any of the delegation’s members.’

The statement added regarding the criticism directed at Salah: ‘We are here in a sports event and we are following FIFA procedures, we don’t discuss politics, and if there is any political discussion, it should be directed to FIFA.’

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Salah enjoyed a brilliant debut season for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)This is also not the first time Salah has been involved in a high-profile controversy with his country’s FA.

The country’s football association used his image rights without his permission before, which potentially put him at risk of financial loss.

Vodafone has a sponsorship deal with Salah, but his image was used all over Egypt’s World Cup plane which was sponsored by WE, a rival telecommunications company.

However, despite this particular ongoing retirement controversy surrounding Salah, he’s still expected to feature in Egypt’s final game of the 2018 World Cup against Saudi Arabia.

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Egypt star Mohamed Salah considers retirement from international football

Mohamed Salah is considering his future (Picture: AFP)Mohamed Salah is reportedly considering whether to quit international football after being publicly blasted for posing with Ramzan Kadyrov for a picture.

The Chechnya leader is a controversial figure at home and abroad, having been accused of human rights abuses and the murder of homosexuals in his homeland.

Human rights groups hit out at the Egyptian FA, Fifa and Salah for the photo opportunity and the Liverpool star feels he has been used as a political pawn, according to the Independent.

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There has been a massive fall-out ever since the pictures emerged and Kadyrov was accused of using Salah as a propaganda stunt.

‘Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic. That’s right,’ Kadyrov said.

‘I gave Mohamed Salah a copy of the order and a pin at a celebratory dinner that I gave in honour of the Egyptian team.’

The forward has clashed with the Egyptian FA before (Picture: EPA)

Salah is practically a god in his homeland (Picture: Getty)It is not the first time Salah has clashed with the Egyptian FA and the forward is now concerned the breakdown in relationship is irreparable.

Salah went to war with the Egyptian FA when they used his image rights without his permission, and put him at risk of a massive financial loss.

Vodafone has a sponsorship deal with Salah, but his image was plastered on Egypt’s World Cup plane which was sponsored by WE, a rival telecommunications company.

Reports that Salah could refuse to play in Egypt’s final group game was rubbished by the player’s agent and Salah himself.

Pictures with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov sparked a huge backlash (Picture: Getty)

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Salah feels he has been used for political gain (Picture: AFP)EFA boss Abo Rida insisted: ‘We have our captain Mohamed Salah and under the rules FIFA requires him to be inside his camp and requires him to stay with his team.

‘He is happy to mingle with his team-mates and he was shocked by what the press has written about him and denied it all on social media. ‘We’re all perplexed by what has been published and have no idea where it came from.’

Salah will weigh up his future with Egypt in the coming weeks, but is fully focused on the final group game against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

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Mohamed Salah ‘perplexed’ by reports he’s set to walk out on Egypt’s World Cup squad

Mohamed Salah will not be leaving Egypt’s World Cup squad (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is ‘perplexed’ by reports he’s set to walk out on Egypt’s World Cup squad.

The forward missed Egypt’s opener against Uruguay and was an unused substitute as his side lost 1-0.

Salah started against Russia in Egypt’s second game and scored from the penalty spot in the 3-1 defeat that knocked his country out of the competition.

Reports since have claimed Salah now wants to leave Egypt’s squad instead of playing in their final group game against Saudi Arabia.

Salah wants to play in Egypt’s final group game (Picture: Getty)‘I have no idea about Liverpool,’ EFA boss Abo Rida said.

‘But we have our captain Mohamed Salah and under the rules FIFA requires him to be inside his camp and requires him to stay with his team

‘He is happy to mingle with his team-mates and he was shocked by what the press has written about him and denied it all on social media.

‘We’re all perplexed by what has been published and have no idea where it came from.’

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Egypt are joint bottom with Saudi Arabia at the bottom of Group A and can ensure they don’t finish last if they beat them on the final group game.

Salah trained as normal this week following the defeat to Russia and is set to start on Monday in Volgograd.

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Sergio Ramos celebrates Mohamed Salah’s World Cup heartbreak

The Spanish centre-back has reignited his feud with the Egyptian (Picture: Getty)Spain and Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has reignited his feud with Mohamed Salah by celebrating the Egyptian star’s premature World Cup exit.

Liverpool attacker Salah missed his nation’s World Cup opener due to an injury sustained in a tackle by Ramos in the Champions League final at the end of May, badly damaging his shoulder after being hauled to the ground.

He did return against Russia for his side’s second group game, and scored from the penalty spot, though Egypt nevertheless slumped to a defeat.

Salah was visibly upset as Egypt slumped to their second group defeat (Picture: Getty)That loss meant the Pharaohs were all-but out of this year’s World Cup barring a miracle, but that never came as Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia to confirm Egypt’s exit a day later.

Incredibly, Ramos – who reacted angrily to suggestions he had deliberately tried to hurt Salah – liked a post on Instagram in the aftermath of Egypt’s loss which depicted Salah looking dejected and upset.

The Spaniard was quickly jumped on by furious Liverpool fans who felt he was reveling in Salah’s misery, while Ramos himself has previously spoken about how he felt the tackle was over-analysed.

He told Spanish newspaper AS: ‘Bloody hell, they have given this Salah thing a lot of attention. I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified.

Ramos was criticised for his physical challenge on Salah that damaged his shoulder (AFP)‘I remember the play well: he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold. After that the goalkeeper said I dazed him with a clash.

‘I spoke with Salah through messages. He was quite good. He could have played on if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more.’

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Edinson Cavani reveals his class reason for wanting Mohamed Salah’s shirt

Mohamed Salah and Edinson Cavani swapped shirts after the final whistle (Picture: AP)Uruguay Edinson Cavani revealed that he asked for Mohamed Salah’s shirt as his children are fans of the Egypt forward.

Salah, who is working his way back to full fitness, had to watch on from the bench as Jose Gimenez scored an 89th-minute winner for Uruguay in Ekaterinburg.

Liverpool’s talisman is expected to return for Egypt’s next Group A clash with Russia after recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final.

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While Salah did not feature on Friday, Cavani managed to track the forward down after the final whistle.

‘I took Salah’s shirt as a gift for my children, who also see him as a star,’ the Uruguay striker explained.

Edinson Cavani’s kids are big fans of Mohamed Salah (Picture: AP)

Mohamed Salah is expected to start against Russia (Picture: AP)Cavani admitted that Uruguay have room for improvement following their World Cup opener.

‘A draw would have left a bitter taste because Uruguay deserved to win,’ he claimed.

‘We created a lot of chances, maybe without playing so well and in a moment we all fell into the feeling that the ball did not want to enter the net.

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‘We won and that is what matters. We are happy although we know that we have things to improve.

‘Now we have to rest and think on Wednesday.’

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