Mohamed Salah has urged Liverpool to solve the contract deadlock which has emerged between the two parties, insisting he does not want to leave the club.
The Egypt international’s deal runs until the summer of 2023 and the Reds want to agree new terms, but no such agreement has been reached.
At 29, Salah is well into his peak years as a player and is arguably the best in the world right now, having scored 13 goals in the Premier League this season alongside six more in Europe.
Speaking after the 1-0 victory over Wolves – in which he assisted Divock Origi’s winner – Salah claimed the ball is in Liverpool’s court.
“I said it several times, if the decision is up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool,” Salah said. “But the decision is in the hands of the management and they have to solve this issue.
“There is no problem but we have to reach an agreement for the contract. It’s up to them.
“Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and that they are ready to do anything for you to stay, but the decision itself is not based on those financial matters only.
“There are things like the ambition of the team and the coach and what he wants to do with the team and the players he wants. These are all important points when making the decision.”
Speaking specifically on Barça’s interest, he added: “I read what was said about Xavi’s interest to sign me. This is something that makes me happy that a team like Barcelona is interested in me, but I’m happy in Liverpool and we will see what happens in the future.
“At the moment, I prefer to stay in the Premier League as it’s the strongest league in the world.”