Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp insists Mohamed Salah’s quality was never in doubt despite poor run
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he never doubted the ability of Mohamed Salah despite his eight-game goal drought.
The Egyptian has been under fire for failing to provide a similar amount of strikes as last season, while his performances have also been questioned.
His incredible solo effort against Southampton on Friday night helped the Reds overcome a tricky Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s.
And his boss was quick to stick up for him, agreeing that goals of that quality in high-pressure moments define the game’s great players.
“Oh yes. But it was never in doubt that he was a great player in my side”, said Klopp.
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“Super goal from Mo, super run. Fantastic finish. It was goal number 50 for Liverpool, an incredible number.
“He’s pretty consistent, very consistent. Physical things are always there, but how he stays always calm… it’s a nice moment. A first goal after a while.”
With Pep Guardiola’s City in FA Cup semi-final action this weekend, Liverpool will remain at the summit until at least April 14, albeit having played a game more.
Until the late interventions of Salah and impressive substitute Henderson they looked set to stay in second spot on goal difference.
Klopp admitted it was a significant victory for his team and believes Southampton, who remain five points above the drop zone, are a far tougher proposition since the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl.
“In the end it’s brilliant. We come here and we know Southampton are a really different side since Ralph came in,” continued the German.
“Everyone was expecting three points, but we knew how difficult it would be.
“Everyone will come here in the future and feel how difficult it is, so that makes it even more satisfying and brilliant that we could win.
“It was really big for us.”
Source: SportsLatest TS