Klopp on Salah winning POTY award, facing AS Roma
Mohamed Salah will face former side AS Roma, when Liverpool host the Italian club at Anfield on Tuesday, April 24, before travelling to the Stadio Olimpico for the second leg.
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He was recently named PFA Player of the Year after his impressive debut season with Liverpool. Salah scored 31 goals and provided 10 assists in the Premier League and he is currently leading the Golden Boot race, five goals ahead of Harry Kane.
And Klopp has revealed his delight at Salah winning the award, saying: “I’m really happy for Mo Salah winning the PFA Player of the Year and he can be proud of this fantastic achievement.
“To win it when Kevin De Bruyne plays a season like he did, is even more special. The players know how difficult it is to score that many goals and be involved in that many goals so I think it’s deserved,” he added.
The German manager has also talked on Mohamed Salah facing his old club, saying Salah will know quickly that the Roma players are not teammates anymore.
Salah has spent two seasons at Roma, scoring 34 goals while providing 24 assists, and a number of the Giallorossi revealed their excitement at meeting Mohamed Salah again, including Alisson, Bruno Peres, and Edin Dzeko.
“It is normal in football for players and managers to change clubs and play against their old colleagues. I had it against Borussia Dortmund two years ago,” Klopp said.
“It’s a normal game but it feels quite special because you are more interested in the other team than you usually are. He became the player he is today thanks to Roma and credit must go to their players and staff for his development.
“Italian defenders are famous for not having friendly games so I think Mo (Salah) will know pretty soon that they are not his teammates anymore and then he can strike back in football terms,” he concluded.
Mohamed Salah has been phenomenal for Liverpool, scoring 41 goals and providing 11 assists in only 46 games across all competitions.
Salah will be hoping to become the second Egyptian to play a European championship final after Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’, who played the 2004 UEFA Cup final as his club Marseille was defeated by Valencia.
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