Klopp’s assistant reveals the reason behind utilising Salah upfront
The assistant of Jurgen Klopp, Pepijn Lijnders, has explained the idea behind the repeated deployment of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah as a striker by the German manager in the Reds’ games this season.
Salah has 17 goals in the Premier League after 26 games played this season, tied with Manchester City talisman Sergio Aguero.
Unlike last season where he was mostly on the flank, the former Roma winger has often been used in the center forward role by Klopp in several matches this term. Lijnders illustrated as to why this unusual position for Salah helps his Brazilian teammate Roberto Firmino.
“First of all, Mo has the ability to create from the inside. That differentiates him from many others of his type. He’s a real goalscorer,” Lijnders tells Goal.com.
“So, to have him in the last line as high as we can, with the speed he has, the goal threat he has, it makes it easier for us to create a freer role for Bobby [Firmino],”
“For Mo, it’s really good to understand the game in that way, to be the point. For him it’s great. He’s closer to the goal, he can use his speed more, he’s more where we want him to be. That’s a natural development for him.”
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