Liverpool boss Klopp stresses ‘Mo played an exceptional game’ against Man City

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 17 Oct 2022

Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah ended his Premier League drought in style, scoring a superb goal to give struggling Liverpool a precious 1-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool s manager Jurgen Klopp, right, gives instructions to Liverpool s Mohamed Salah during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. AP


“Yeah, Mo played an exceptional game. Absolutely outstanding. Yes, obviously he was one of two strikers in the centre together with Bobby,” Klopp told the post game’s press conference.

The Egypt forward settled the tie in Liverpool's favour with 14 minutes remaining to net his first goal since scoring in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United in August.

“Great, an absolutely top performance. The goal was world-class. Again, a colleague of yours asked me if I think we were a bit lucky in that moment because [Joao] Cancelo missed the ball,” the Liverpool boss added.

“I didn’t see a player missing the ball, I saw a player using his body extremely well and being there in the one-on-one situation with the goalie,” Klopp said.

He shook off Joao Cancelo following a punt from goalkeeper Alisson to race clear and beat Man City's goalie Ederson with a composed finish.

Salah took his tally to three Premier League goals.

“So, a top-class goal. The situation immediately before was really unlucky that he did not score there already. Apart from that, good on the ball, a constant threat in behind, working extremely hard, an outstanding performance, honestly. It was really good,” Klopp said.

Salah, who scored the fastest Champions League hat trick in history against Rangers on Wednesday, provided the decisive moment in the 76th minute after Alisson's clever long clearance landed straight at his feet.

“I really find this question interesting. Tell me your thoughts about that: [do] you think we put 11 up, so Mo has to get subbed and he comes to and tells me ‘I don’t want to leave the pitch’ or whatever? How could that happen? What is the logical explanation for that? Yes [it was a mistake], the wrong number on the board – that is exactly it,” Klopp said.

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