Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reviews Aston Villa game
Mohamed Salah has told Liverpool stars Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that he hopes their paths cross again as the quartet gets ready to leave Anfield. The foursome are not having their contracts renewed at the end of the season and will bow out after the club’s encounter with Southampton on Sunday.
Firmino, Keita, Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain have all played a big part in Liverpool’s success in recent years in recent years and were part of the squad to win the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League a year later.
However, all four are now set to move on after falling down the pecking order in recent years. They all waved a teary goodbye to Anfield after the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last weekend and will now say farewell to the club as a whole come the full-time whistle in Southampton on Sunday.
Now, Salah has sent a farewell message to his departing team-mates, sharing his hopes that their paths cross again in the future.
“One of the best things about football is that we get to meet and share moments with great people,” he wrote on Twitter. “Bobby, Milly, Ox, and Naby, will be missed and I hope our paths will cross again.”
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The departures of the quartet will open the door for potential arrivals with the Reds facing an important summer. Liverpool will need to recruit in a number of positions after finishing outside the Champions League places this season as Jurgen Klopp looks to get his side back to the top of the Premier League.
Despite this Milner has suggested that the German was willing to keep him on but the Englishman still decided to leave after coming to terms with the prospect of leaving Anfield.
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“It would be a shame to stop when you’ve still got a bit of life in you,” he said after Saturday’s 1-1 with Aston Villa. “Jurgen Klopp is a pretty good manager and the fact he still wanted me here and said I can still do a job is pleasing. I haven’t started a load of games this year, but I feel like I have contributed when I have been asked to.
“The club obviously made their decision on that. It’s nice I’m in a position where the manager wanted me to stay, but it got to the point where I got to terms [with it].”
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