Jurgen Klopp pays tribute to “humble” Mohamed Salah
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has hailed Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian collected the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award.
Salah has been a revelation for Liverpool this season, scoring 43 goals and assisting 15 in five games, guiding the Reds to their first Champions League final in 11 years.
And Klopp has paid a special tribute to Salah, saying his attitude and humility helped him to adapt to life at Anfield, as well as claiming the Egyptian can still improve more.
“When journalists ask me what has singled Mo out this season, the obvious answer is goals. Not too hard to answer, I guess you’d say,” Klopp said in the FWA’s awards programme.
“His goals have singled him out in the public and media world for extra attention and of course they are the most valuable thing on a football pitch.
“But there has been so much more to Mo this season. His attitude has been outstandingly good. We got him in a very good shape and he has learned more and got even better as the season has gone on.
“He’s very low maintenance and low key for someone who has the attention on him as he does. He’s very humble, a really, really good guy.
“I love it when someone like him gets the rewards. Humility is a huge thing.”
Liverpool will face Brighton at Anfield and need just one point to ensure a top-four finish ahead of Chelsea, before travelling to Kiev to play against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Mohamed Salah has been one of the main reasons behind Liverpool’s achievements and has revealed that he is not considering leaving the Merseyside club anytime soon.
“When you consider all the attention on him in this moment – not just for Liverpool but for Egypt where he is the superstar player – to be normal and low key is a huge achievement,” Klopp added.
“The staff at Melwood all love him. He is so unbelievably appreciative of everyone around him at the club and they love this.
“Mo is always quick to thank and praise others and it’s genuine, not an act. He knows he is someone in a good moment and I think he enjoys and embraces where he is in this moment.
“He is not immune to the joy of individual achievement and expression but it is always against the backdrop of realising it is possible because of the team.
“He is so mentally strong, he keeps going. Miss a chance, no problem, take the next one.
“To perform at the level he has for us and Egypt means he has more strengths than weaknesses. But I love that he knows there is still room for improvement in his game.”
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