Klopp unhappy with awards timing after Salah's London trip

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Jurgen Klopp had hoped to keep his compatriot at Anfield and as recently as last month claimed the two parties were still negotiating with Can hopeful of securing a salary in excess of £200,000-a-week. "It was always in my mind to come back to the Premier League to show the people that say I didn't succeed here the first time".

"I can not think at the moment about the Champions League final".

Mohamed Salah has refused to give up on the target of breaking Ian Rush's Liverpool record for the most goals scored in a single season. It is a very positive situation. In 2014, Real Madrid defeated city rivals Atletico Madrid in the first ever Champions League final contested between two clubs from the same city.

Liverpool have been sent a weird Champions League final warning by Manchester United hero Eric Cantona.

Fourth-placed Liverpool need to avoid defeat against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday in their final Premier League match to ensure they hold off Chelsea in the battle for a top-four finish. The manager seems to believe that this game is a final of sorts and will want his team to play likewise.

Klopp said: "I don't have a lot of skills but I am used to being fully concentrated on the next step, otherwise I learned you fall on your face - and I don't do that very often. Thank you for the incredible support this season and I hope that there are at least two more great memories for us to share before it is time for summer".

City could already be crowned English champions by the time the sides meet again for the second leg in six days' time should they beat local rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

Liverpool have been their own worst enemies as they could have had Champions League football sewn up some time ago but dropped points against West Brom and Stoke.

Salah, who has 31 goals in 35 Premier League games this season, has also been awarded the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers Footballer of the Year in recent weeks.

"All the awards around are really deserved but hopefully the last one was yesterday and now it is about playing the game on Sunday".

So while Liverpool will surely be as close to full strength as they can be, it would also make sense to try and get Adam Lallana some minutes on the field ahead of the final.

"I can understand him saying that and that of course makes it even more hard for us".

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