Jurgen Klopp admits surprise at form of Liverpool 25-year-old
By George Brooks
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he has been surprised by the goalscoring form that Mohamed Salah has shown so far this season.
The 25-year-old has made quite an impact at Anfield since joining from Roma on a five-year deal in the summer, scoring 12 goals in his first 17 games for the club in all competitions.
He scored twice in the 4-1 Premier League victory over West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday and Klopp has admitted he is pleasantly surprised by the Egyptian’s goalscoring form.
“I didn’t think he can score 12 goals or whatever in 17 games [but] I hope he’s not finished now,” Klopp told the club’s official website.
Salah has been key to Liverpool’s attack this season, operating off the right for much of the campaign so far.
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Klopp is expecting more of the same from the player as the season progresses.
“That would be nice, if we talk after the season about different numbers – and both numbers should be much higher.”
Salah joined Chelsea from Basel in for £11m in 2014, but failed to make an impact during his time at Stamford Bridge and was loaned out to Italian sides Fiorentina and Roma.
He would join Roma on a permanent deal in 2016 and went on to score 15 goals in 31 league appearances as his side finished second in Serie A last season.
Some were sceptical about his move to Liverpool, given his disappointing first spell in the Premier League with Chelsea.
However, Klopp insists he always had faith that the player would deliver, despite some initial concerns from fans surrounding the signing.
“We were sure he can help us,” said the Liverpool boss.
“He’s a fantastic person, a nice lad and a really good football player.”
Salah started all but one of his first 15 appearances for Liverpool, scoring nine goals in all competitions.
By comparison, the Egyptian only managed 2 goals in as many games for Chelsea, with eight of his first 15 appearances for Chelsea coming as a substitute.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has backed this 24-year-old to be an important player for the Reds in the future.