For me, Mohamed Salah is the best: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

The Egyptian netted the Reds' fourth in the win at Vicarage Road when he beat three Watford players before producing a clinical finish.

Mohamed Salah in a file photo; Credit: Liverpool Twitter page

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Mohamed Salah following his sensational strike in Liverpool’s 5-0 victory away at Watford on Saturday. The Egyptian forward netted the Reds’ fourth in the win at Vicarage Road, as he beat three Watford players before producing a clinical, curling finish. On Saturday, Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick in the Premier League clash after Sadio Mane had opened the scoring with his 100th top-flight goal. Speaking about Salah in his post-match press conference, Klopp said, “He is in a good shape and you are right, the three goals of Bobby were really nice, the 100th Premier League goal for Sadio and all these nice little stories, but you cannot overlook the performance of Mo today.”

“I said it after the game, cut the goal off [and] it was [still] an outstanding performance how he played today. That’s really good, very important for us and that’s why we can win football games. Yes, the goal was very special, but if you go back a little bit you might find a goal against Watford at home which looks pretty similar to this one. He is obviously the kind of player who can do these kind of things. It’s good for us.

When asked to compare Salah’s goal on Saturday and the recent one against Manchester City, Klopp replied, “Why should I compare two world-class goals? I like both and I don’t want to miss them, to be honest. They are obviously different goals; the other one is slightly more dynamic, bigger space and stuff like this. Neither of them are possible for people with normal feet like all of us, but it’s obviously possible for him and that makes it absolutely special. You could see how the team celebrated the goal, everybody realised immediately it was something special.”

Klopp: Salah is one of the best in the world now

Asked whether Salah is one of the best in the world, Klopp replied, “Yeah he is, for sure, one of the best in the world now. It’s obviously not for me or whatever to say who is the best. For me, he’s the best. I see him every day and that makes it more easy for me, but Mr Lewandowski is out there, Ronaldo still scoring like crazy, Messi still putting out performances on a world-class level, Mbappe and all these kind of things and others will come. But, yes, in this moment he is for sure on top of that list.”

Klopp also opened up about how Salah is in training, as he only had good words to say about the Egyptian forward. “He’s a top-class professional. He likes training – the physical part of it, the tactical side of it. He’s a top, top professional. Yes, he’s doing these kind of things in training as well. Our little problem is that we don’t have too much time for training, so usually we recover and we don’t play. That means we don’t see that often in training because we just don’t have time for it.”

Klopp also showered praise on Mane for scoring his 100th Premier League goal. “And the special thing is, we should not forget that Sadio Mane – I’m not sure if he scored penalties for Southampton, not that I know – scored 100 goals without a penalty, so that makes a difference for sure. It’s a special number, absolutely. He should be and will be, hopefully, proud of that. That doesn’t happen for a lot of players. You don’t have to talk about Sadio’s quality – he’s a world-class player as well. It’s incredible how good he is. Big day for him, 100 per cent, and I’m really happy for him,” he added.

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