Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) and Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp react during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 13, 2021. AFP
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Egyptian star winger Mohamed Salah for making a notable difference with the Reds this season, adding that it was a top year for the Pharaohs' skipper.
“Yes, that’s obviously true. And, no, I am not surprised at all, to be honest. I am happy about the fact because it’s easy to see where we would be without Mo’s goals,” Klopp was quoted as saying early Sunday by Liverpool’s official website regarding Salah’s numbers this season.
“But it’s for all the other teams the same, without the goals their top scorers or whatever score – the guys with the biggest numbers – it would all look differently, of course,” the coach added.
Despite losing hope of winning the Premier League title this season, Salah continued to shine on the personal level with the Reds for the fourth consecutive term. Liverpool currently lie fourth in the table with 66 points, 17 behind leader Manchester City.
Hours ahead of Sunday’s final match against Crystal Palace, the 28-year-old winger is still on the hunt for his third Golden Boot award as he is currently the Premier League joint top scorer alongside Tottenham striker Harry Kane with 22 goals for each.
“We know the team helps him a lot, but Mo carries a lot as well, I have to say. That’s clear. It’s his desire, it’s his professionalism, it’s his greed as well which helps us completely. And this year is one of his best years without having the best number of all he had,” Klopp explained.
“It’s a really top year for him, because for a striker in a team that is not flying constantly, scoring these numbers is absolutely exceptional. That’s what makes him really special,” the Liverpool coach concluded.
Salah, who was named as Egypt’s captain last month, played an instrumental role in Liverpool’s success in the past three seasons, helping the team win the Champions League title in 2018 and then the Premier League last season.
The former Chelsea player, 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.
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