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    Monday, 20 November 2017

    Jurgen Klopp: He can add up to 70 goals before the end of the season

    Klopp foresees Mo' Salah scoring up to 70 goals before the season completes.

    Mohamed Salah has scored nine Premier League goals for the Reds this season. In the match against Southampton last week Salah netted twice making it two pairs in two consecutive Premier League matches.

    However manager Jurgen klopp has lauded the Egyptian expecting more goals fro him before the season wraps up.

    Klopp said: “If he continued at this rate he would finish the season on something like 70 goals, which isn’t really likely,” Klopp assessed. He preferred to say this was Salah’s “moment,” to seize headlines.

    “We [all] have these moments,” he continued. “He could have scored the penalty [against Huddersfield] and he’s missed some big chances, but I realise [then] it’s just a moment. I really understand.”

    Klopp contradicted himself by describing Salah’s opener here as “unbelievable” before insisting he has come to expect this type of act from the Egyptian.

    “These shots are pretty normal for him, like Phil [Coutinho]. Sadio is able to do it. Gini too. And Ox –he’s able to do it, but he hasn’t had the opportunity very often so far. At this moment, it is working for him [Salah].”

    Klopp was asked about what has changed for Salah – what has changed since 2015 when he left Chelsea for Fiorentina on loan; what has changed in the last month, now that he is taking more of his goalscoring opportunities?

    “Physicality, he’s top fit” Klopp responded “At Melwood, it is easy to feel well and comfortable. 
    This is quite special. I don’t know a lot of English clubs but this is really special here. All the other boys liked him [Salah] from the first day without him performing already. 

    They knew they had a really good player in the squad.

    “If you see Roberto [Firmino] working unbelievably hard, he’s not scoring in the moment. Sadio doesn’t score in the moment. But they work and they will have their moments and then we will talk about them. 

    There’s the guys on the bench who will have their moments. This is the Mo Salah period – no problem with that; well deserved.

    “But he’s also very important even when he’s not scoring because he stretches the formation. 

    The speed of the boys means the last line drops – there can be no other reaction. And then we have the space [to play]. 

    The speed players aren’t only for counter-attacking. Sometimes that’s not possible. It’s about stretching formation and creating space for the rest.”

    Salah joined Liverpool last season from Serie A side AS Roma

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