Klopp lavishes sensational Salah with praise

Klopp lavishes sensational Salah with praise
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (right) hugs Mohamed Salah at the end of the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday January 31, 2021.

by Bertin Basson

Tuesday Feb 02, 2021. 15:00

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lavished star forward Mohamed Salah with fresh praise.

The Egypt international became the first Liverpool player to score at least 20 goals in four straight seasons since club legend Ian Rush, after the winger netted twice in Sunday’s 3-1 win over West Ham United.

Salah’s second-half brace took his goal-tally for the 2020-21 season up to 21 in 30 matches across all competitions and Klopp says he is not surprised by the 28-year-old’s latest accomplishment.

“I’m not surprised. I work on a daily basis together with him (Salah) and he’ll never stop having a massive desire for scoring goals,” Klopp told reporters on Sunday evening.

“He is a world-class player, there’s no doubt about that. How I said in the last few weeks when we didn’t score that many, the only thing you can do is try and try and try again. You have to make good decisions, or better decisions.

“Tonight [Sunday] he didn’t force it. The first goal was a smart goal and in the last few weeks he probably would have tried to shoot through the legs, but this was really keeping the overview and chipping the ball into the far corner. Top-class goal.”

Victory at London Stadium moved Liverpool up to third on the Premier League standings, four points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion’s visit to Anfield on Wednesday evening.

Salah has scored 115 goals in 182 appearances for the Reds since joining the Merseyside club from AS Roma four years ago.

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