Jurgen Klopp full of praise for Mohamed Salah ahead of Roma clash
The Egyptian is having an incredible debut season at Anfield, scoring 43 goals while providing 15 assists in 47 games across all competitions.
Salah is also currently leading the Golden Boot race with 31 goals, four ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, with only three league games remaining.
And Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for the Egyptian ahead of his return to the Stadio Olimpico for the second-leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
“He has matured. He got confidence here. He came from Chelsea to Florence and played a good season, not as good as a season at Rome, and then he grew up and is now the player he is,” Klopp said.
“We are the lucky guys who have him now in the team, that’s how it is. It’s not that I would’ve explained to him exactly how to score goals, he knew that before already, but each striker in the world doesn’t start as an 18-year-old boy as the goal-getter.
“He needs to make his own experiences and that’s what Mo did in very difficult circumstances.
“Coming early from Egypt to Switzerland and doing all that journey, and carrying all that responsibility for all the people, for a whole country, and he is really quite cool with it.
“At the end he has good teammates – they love helping him and they love how he helps them. That’s it.”
The German manager has also praised Salah for his defensive duties, adding the Egyptian is always in the right position to score.
“Each player has to do the job. Each attacking player, each striker needs to defend and Mo is doing that, but does Roberto Firmino defend more, or Sadio Mane defend more in a specific situation? Yes, they do,” Klopp continued.
“Where can you bring the ball? Where can you play the ball? That’s what Mo is doing pretty well.
“And that was the reason why we changed the system at [Manchester] City during the first half, and why he was in the right position to score at least two goals at Anfield against Rome, because he was in that quite advanced position.
“He is not free of duties, he is involved in defending. But we have players who are more involved in that, that’s true,” he concluded.
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