Congo penalty was “game-changer” in Salah’s season, says Klopp
The Egypt international has been phenomenal for Liverpool this season, scoring 37 goals and providing 12 assists in 42 games across all competitions.
And Jurgen Klopp revealed that since Salah slotted the penalty which sent Egypt to World Cup, he has been on another level.
He currently leads the Golden Boot race with 29 goals, five ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who fired a warning to the Egyptian after returning from injury against Chelsea.
“I don’t think it’s a proper burden,” Klopp said.
“It’s responsibility, of course. Nobody told him ‘don’t score 30 goals otherwise we can’t be successful’ or ‘if you don’t score, we cannot win’. But the penalty he scored, by the way, I nearly had a heart attack.
“We all have these game-changing moments in our life and maybe that was one of them. If you deliver in a situation like this, what can happen to you then?
“Did you see it? The best thing was how they celebrated the penalty. It was something I never saw in my life. Germany in 1990 didn’t celebrate the World Cup like this.
“They only got the penalty and then they thought… somebody has to shoot. Yes, that was real pressure,” he added.
He has been a leading day figure in Liverpool season, helping them to the third place in the Premier League as well as a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
The Egyptian hero has also just equalled Drogba’s record for most goals by an African player in a single Premier League season.
He has also a massive opportunity to break Andy Cole and Alan Shearer’s record for most goals scored in one Premier League campaign (34), with the Egyptian needing to score six goals in the remaining six Premier League games.
The Reds’ remaining games will be against Everton, Bournemouth, West Brom, Stoke City, Chelsea, and Brighton & Hove Albion.
However, their next game will up against Premier League leaders Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League next Wednesday.
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