Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has jokingly claimed Mohamed Salah is “greedy” after the star forward continued his dazzling form in the victory over Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday. Roberto Firmino scored his 20th goal of the season inside six minutes and delivered an exquisite backheel assist for Salah’s 42nd-minute goal in the 2-0 win at St.Mary’s.
Salah’s goal took his Premier League tally to 22 for the season, just one behind Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot. The Egyptian has been a revelation under Klopp since joining the Reds at the start of the season from AS Roma. His rich vein of form has seen the Merseysiders fight for the top-four and also keep going in the Champions League.
But while Klopp jokingly praised Salah for his incredible form since the start of the campaign, he also mentioned about Sadio Mane.
“I don’t want to forget Sadio because he was involved in everything,” Klopp told BBC Sport (h/t Express).
“Mo is very good, really greedy. Roberto Firmino was not bothered too much. Mo had assist and a goal, both of them did and it was deserved. Important players like that make a difference.
“In the second half Wijnaldum was spot on, Emre Can is a good character. They’re all good characters.
“We don’t have a normal weekend anymore. We want to finish in the top four, we need points for sure. [Arsene] Wenger said after Tottenham it was not only derby defeat but more.
“Nine points is not enough [to be clear of] Arsenal. Tottenham are strong, United strong, Chelsea strong, City champions. So we need to continue like this.”
With the win over Saints, Liverpool remained at 3rd place in the Premier League, 2 points adrift of second-placed Manchester United, who endured a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on Sunday.
The way Salah and Firmino combined yesterday to destroy Southampton was simply sublime. Special mention to Salah, who just never stops scoring. With his breathtaking performances, has made the £34m amount we paid Roma for his services a real mockery.
If the Egyptian continues to perform the same way in the next couple of months, there are possibilities of him breaching the 40-goal mark. That would be a sensational return in his first season for Liverpool.