File Photo: Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on
taken on April 10, 2021. AFP
Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has the selfishness needed to finish as Premier League top goalscorer and win the Golden Boot this season, said his coach Jurgen Klopp.
"Yes, of course," Klopp told Sky Sports on Sunday when asked if chasing the Golden Boot is an additional motivation this season for Salah.
Holders Liverpool are struggling in the Premier League table this season as they lie sixth in the table; losing any hope of defending the precious title, but Salah has been strongly competing for his third Premier League Golden Boot in the last four seasons.
The Pharaohs star comes second in the competition's "goalscores" list with 19 goals, two behind top scorer and Tottenham star Harry Kane.
"A football player has 15 years, maybe 17 or 18 in some cases, in their career. It is a time in your life when you are at your physical best and you want to squeeze everything you can out of your career," the coach explained.
"Most of the players never win the Golden Boot. If you win it once it is a big achievement. If you win it twice it is a really big achievement, if you can win it a third time, there are not many players who have won it three times," he added.
Salah, who joined the Reds in 2017 from Italian side AS Roma, has won the Premier League Golden Boot for the competition’s top scorer twice in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons.
"Strikers have to be selfish. I have never met an unselfish striker. You can be the nicest person in the world but in the end you want to score goals and that means you do not see players in the same shirt," Klopp said about the Egyptian International.
"He [Salah] is just a natural goalscorer, he wants to score goals. That is something he has developed later in his career. That is what world-class players do [score season after season]. Knowing your own quality helps you get back on track quicker than others," the coach concluded.
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