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mo go? Absence of one star name raises eyebrows as Liverpool unveil their new kit

The red Nike shirt is likely to be worn in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris

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Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring against Villarreal with Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and teammates. REUTERS/Pablo Morano

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring against Villarreal with Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and teammates. REUTERS/Pablo Morano

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring against Villarreal with Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and teammates. REUTERS/Pablo Morano

It has been another sensational week for Liverpool after they secured their passage to a third Champions League final in five years and now the Merseyside club have launched their new kit.

The red Nike shirt is likely to be worn in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris, but the identity of the players picked to wear the kit raised a few eyebrows.

Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane were among those photographed in the club's official launch on their social media channels, but top scorer Mohamed Salah was a notable absentee.

An image of Salah in the new Liverpool kit did emerge later on Thursday, but he was not included in the initial images released by the club or the official video to launch the new kit.

Salah faces an uncertain future after failing to agree a new deal with Liverpool to extend his contract that expires in the summer of 2023.

So it was no surprise that Twitter users were quick to spot Salah's absence from photos promoting a kit he might not be around to wear next summer.

Salah has stated his desire to stay at Liverpool, but reports have suggested the club and his agent are a long way apart in a wages package for the Egyptian star.

“If Mo Salah is demanding terms on a contract that are out of Liverpool’s reach, they will have to say no. It’s as simple as that,” said Liverpool legend John Barnes at a Gambling.com event. “You cannot just give in to everything a player or his agent wants. That’s not how Liverpool works.

“All I would say to the player is he needs to look at the bigger picture because Mo Salah has to appreciate what he has at Liverpool. He would not do what he does at Real Madrid because the team would not be designed around him. And that’s the story for him at every club he might think about joining. It’s something he needs to think about when it comes to the contract debate.

“Liverpool will be looking at his age, nearly 30, how long he will be at the top of his game and whether he can stay at the level he is at now for another four years. All of those factors will be in play now.”

It remains to be seen whether Salah will play in the new Liverpool kit next season, but he will have a big role to play in their push to complete an unprecedented quadruple of trophy successes before the end of May.

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