According to Liverpool reporter Neil Jones, Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff devised a proper plan in the summer that has helped Mohamed Salah score a truckload of goals.
Jones explains in his article for Goal that Salah would take utmost advantage of his blistering pace and trickery with Roberto Firmino attacking up front.
That idea from Klopp has worked wonders as the Egyptian has bagged 40 goals across all competitions.
“Repetitive training drills focused on getting him to play ‘inside’ rather than ‘outside’. The idea was that Liverpool’s full-backs would provide the width in the team, with Salah, Mane and Firmino free to wreak havoc infield – “organised mayhem,” is how one observer puts it,” Jones wrote in his article for Goal.
Salah has been a revelation under Klopp since signing from AS Roma last summer. He was once deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea by Jose Mourinho and was later sold.
However, his exploits with Fiorentina and then at Roma didn’t go unnoticed as Klopp snapped him up at the start of this season.
While Salah has been a sensation throughout the campaign, Klopp expressed his disappointment at the jet-heeled Egyptian for taking wrong positions during the first half of his Liverpool debut against Watford.
“Still, there were teething problems,” Jones added. “Liverpool’s first league game of the season was at Watford, and Klopp spent the first half of it annoyed. Salah, he saw, was playing too high and too wide. He was making himself too easy to mark.
“The message was relayed at half-time and it got through. After the break, the No.11 won a penalty, converted by Firmino, and then notched his first Reds goal – a poacher’s effort from a couple of yards out. The game finished 3-3.
“Since then, there has been development at every turn. Salah looks a perfect fit for Klopp’s side; his confidence has soared and his performance levels have barely dipped below ‘exceptional’.”
Such has been the impact of Salah in his debut season at Anfield that it has very been difficult to describe the player. After the Egyptian’s goal against Bournemouth, he became only the third Liverpool player to reach 40 goals in a season.
Salah is a quick, slick and agile winger. His blistering pace on the ball is what brings nightmares to defenders and his finishing ability has been top notch this season.
Overall, we have got a gem of a player in Salah. Let’s hope he scores more until the end of the season and helps us win the Champions League this term.