Sunday Jul 12, 2020. 11:00
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he has no problem with Egyptian Mohamed Salah being described as a ‘selfish’ player, and wants the forward to continue being hungry for goals.
Salah has played a major role in the Reds winning their first Premier League title in 30 years, but he could also claim a remarkable personal honour by picking up a third straight Golden Boot title – a feat only achieved by legends Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer.
Salah has been criticised at times for being greedy, but Klopp couldn’t care less: “I’m not sure it’s a competition but it’s healthy. They [Liverpool’s forwards] want to score goals and that’s completely normal,” said the German tactician.
“Mo now, of course, come on. The numbers are absolutely crazy! Involved in 100 goals since he is here, 73 and 27, it’s just outstanding, world-class numbers.
“We would not be where we are if these boys didn’t perform at that level. They all want to score goals. They want to be decisive, to decide football games. That’s the mindset a striker needs.”
He added: “If we provide the winner of the Golden Boot then that means we have scored a lot of goals, so that helps as well.
“I am not in doubt about it, my players don’t need individual targets to be the highest motivated. But, they don’t disturb and they are rather helpful.
“If it would be different, I would tell them that it is not OK. But in the end, it is always first and foremost about winning a football game and not the other stuff, but it is nice when you can do both.”