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Klopp rates "under-appreciated" Salah among his greatest signings

Sat 15 May 2021 | 8:29

The Reds boss compared the Egypt international to Robert Lewandowski after his performance against Manchester United.

Liverpool

won their crucial match against

Manchester United

with a 4-2 result on Thursday.

Mohamed Salah

scored his 30th goal of the season in the last minute of the game as

Jurgen Klopp

’s team climbed to fifth place on the league table. Despite his consistent performances for Liverpool, the 28-year-old has been absent in many respected pundits’ "team of the season". In a press conference ahead of his side’s match against

West Brom

on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp was asked whether he considers Salah as an underappreciated striker.

“Yes, of course,”

Klopp said.

“But a team has 11 players. I don’t know what they did or who did it, but they have to pick a team and it’s a strong league.

“Mo again played an exceptional season, and if we would have played on a more consistent level then his numbers would have been different, and even better! “

Salah has scored 134 goals in his 200 matches for the Reds since joining the club in 2017. Having scored 21 goals in the current season, the Egypt international is in line to win his third Premier Golden Boot in four years.

“Is he sometimes under-appreciated? Probably yes, but that’s not for me to change. Other people make decisions about that. I have no influence. I’m not sure if it’s the most important thing.

“Would he deserve it? Yes, but I have no idea who is in that team so I can’t really say much about that.”

Asked whether he considers Salah among his greatest signings as a coach, Klopp responded:

“Top – absolutely top.

“But it is not about signing. You can sign a player but then we all are responsible, so the player obviously is as well and the coaches, to make it happen.

“Let me say it like this: two players, there’s Robert Lewandowski, who I signed for a different amount of money years ago – well, not years ago, but it feels like – who had an incredible development from a different level, but an incredible development.

“With Mo, [to go] from the guy who scores from time to time and is a really good football player to this goalscoring machine is a massive development.

“He is an outstanding signing, but for sure the way he developed, the way he treats himself, the game preparation, the training preparation, training attitude and all these kind of things, that’s exceptional.

“That’s a real role model and he deserves all that, absolutely.”

After their match against West Brom, the Reds will play against

Burnley

on May 19.


source: SportMob