Salah is absolutely up there with Lewandowski: Liverpool boss Klopp

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Sep 2021

'Mo Salah is absolutely up there with him,' the Reds boss was quoted as saying by Liverpool’s official website late on Friday when asked how Salah is compared with Lewandowski

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 18, 2021. AFP

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has hailed his star winger Mohamed Salah, describing him as one of the best ever goal scorers in football, adding that the Egyptian international is at the same level of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Upon recording a video message to congratulate his former player and current Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski on receiving the 2021 European Golden Shoe award, Klopp continued to heap praise on the Pharaohs star.

"Mo Salah is absolutely up there with him – there's no doubt about that,” the Reds boss was quoted as saying by Liverpool’s official website late on Friday when asked how Salah is compared with Lewandowski.

"Mo is a goal machine, definitely. His professionalism is absolutely second to none. He does absolutely everything to be always fit, to stay always on track – first in, last out, all these kind of things. So, that's Mo," Klopp said.

"On top of that, apart from his technical skill set and all these kind of things, he's desperate to score goals and that's helpful as well. That's exactly the same like it is with Lewi, and that's good, very helpful," he added.

The 29-year old Salah is enjoying a great season opening, as he scored four goals in the first five matches of the Premier League, putting him at the top of the scoring table.

Klopp also netted his 100th goal in the league recently, becoming the fastest player to ever do so in Liverpool's history. He needs just one league goal to enter the club's top 10 list of all-time scorers.

Salah, who joined Liverpool in 2017 from Italy AS Roma, scored 130 goals and provided 49 assists in his 209 matches with the Reds, helping the team win the UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup in 2019, as well as clinch the 2019-2020 Premier League title for the first time in just about 30 years.

"Whatever you do on the pitch, whatever you create, whatever you initiate, you need somebody who brings the ball over the line or in the back of the net – and Mo is absolutely there with the best I ever saw, he knows that. The numbers he has are insane,” the Liverpool boss said.

"I'm obviously blessed to work with some good players during my career,” he added.

Salah is currently on 130 goals for Liverpool in all competitions from 209 appearances.

"What can I say? Did Mo expect when he arrived here that he can achieve these numbers? Maybe yes!,” the coach said about Salah’s statistics.

"Did I expect it? No, because you can't expect it, because you shouldn't expect it, because it puts kind of pressure on the player.

"But he made massive steps since he arrived here. We played some really good football, which helps as well [in] scoring goals.

"Obviously the team developed in the right direction and Mo had a massive impact on that obviously. And all the rest, I don't know.

"Nobody should expect these kind of numbers because you never know what can happen. We have to stay fit and everything needs to go in the right direction, so that's all true.

"I could not be more positive about the things Mo achieved so far already, but obviously we are much more concerned about what can be achieved in the future, and we are in that season.

"He's in a good moment, in a good shape, in a good mood, all these kind of things, so that's helpful obviously.

"He works hard, adapted to some changes we made in our set-up in the way we play really well, enjoys it. So, that's all good, all positive. Nothing else to say,” the coach concluded.

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