Liverpool boss backs Egypt's Salah for a third Golden Boot

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 9 Jul 2020

Saleh has scored this season 19 goals in the English Premier League

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (L) chases the ball watched by Brighton's English defender Dan Burn (R) during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on July 8, 2020. (AFP)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised the performance of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah after the latter scored twice during the 3-1 win over Brighton Wednesday.

Salah is closing in on a third successive Golden Boot since he joined Liverpool from Roma in 2017.

"He (Salah) is a striker; how can it not be a motivation for him?" Klopp was quoted as saying on Liverpool FC's official website after the game.

"But in the end, you can only score when you perform well and he did that tonight," Klopp added, extolling Salah’s performance.

"So that was really good. If you are too focused on goals, which they aren't, then you do not move to be in the right situations. But the goals we scored tonight are really good. We could have scored more, that is true," the Liverpool manager added.

The 28-year-old Salah, who signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool in 2018, is the top scorer at the club this season with 19 Premier League goals as they secured a 19th top-flight title with seven games to spare.

"And 250 goals, by the way (between Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino), is really exceptional," Klopp said.

"Imagine where I would be if these boys would not play for me. Wow! The situation minus 250 goals … It is great."

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