Klopp: Salah’s professionalism is on the same level as Ronaldo

Sat 23 October 2021 | 11:14

The Reds boss has praised the Egyptian star ahead of his side’s game against Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to play his first North-West derby since his return to Manchester United this summer. Having displayed an impressive performance against Atalanta in the Champions League this week, the Portuguese superstar will face the Reds on Sunday.

On the other side of the pitch, Liverpool are hoping Mohamed Salah would continue his incredible run of form against the Red Devils. The Egypt international has featured in 11 games for the Reds this season, scoring 14 goals and providing four assists.

Ahead of his side’s crucial game against Man United, Jurgen Klopp says he sees no difference between Salah and Ronaldo in terms of professionalism.

"You need luck, because things can happen with injuries and so on, but I think the professionalism of both Mo and Cristiano is the one thing you can compare 100 per cent,"

Klopp said when asked whether he sees Salah reaching Ronaldo's level of consistency.

"It is probably the same. Mo is incredibly professional. He is really the first one in and very often the last out of all the players.

"He is constantly interested in all the things he can do and has to do to keep or improve the standard. I think he still has a lot to give, 100 per cent.

"It helps him for sure and the team he is playing for then as well and I hope it is for us [in the future]."

By scoring a stunning individual goal against Atletico Madrid, Salah became Liverpool’s first-ever player to score in nine consecutive matches across all competitions.

Klopp added:

"It's true that I have been blessed with incredible players during my time but, no, when the ball went over all players in that situation and Mo had to already run pretty quick to get it before the sideline and then he turns, it didn't look for me like a proper goalscoring opportunity to me,

"But challenge by challenge it developed into that. That's the situation and that is the difference between a moment when momentum is not on your side and when momentum is on your side.

"It is all about the quality of Mo in this moment to do it, to try it and you can imagine how much all the players of Atletico knew about this ability and wanted to defend it desperately and still couldn't do it.

"That is pretty special, pretty special. I am really happy and more than fine with the players I could watch during my time, and being quite positive when they got the ball, that something special will happen."

Salah scored three goals in Liverpool’s two Premier League games against Manchester United last season. It remains to be seen whether the Egyptian star can pull off another great performance against the Red Devils on Sunday.

source: SportMob

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