Jurgen Klopp hails ‘world class’ Mohamed Salah after ending goal drought with brace in West Ham win


Klopp had never lost faith in the Egyptian (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on Mohamed Salah after the forward ended his goal drought with a brace in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over West Ham.

The Egypt international had previously gone six league games without finding the back of the net but hit back with two excellent strikes at the London Stadium on Saturday.

His first was a marvellous left-footed curling effort into the top corner of Łukasz Fabiański’s net, and the second a deft dinked finish following a clinical Liverpool counter-attack.

Salah was in red-hot form at the London Stadium (Picture: Getty Images)

Georginio Wijnaldum put the visitors 3-0 up as the midfielder converted Roberto Firmino’s cut-back before Craig Dawson poked in a consolation goal for the Hammers in the latter stages.

Salah had a goal ruled out in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Tottenham, with Roberto Firmino adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up.

But the 28-year-old returned to goalscoring form in emphatic style against West Ham, and Klopp was effusive in his praise for the forward.

‘Actually, he scored a goal against Tottenham; it didn’t count, I know that, but it was a brilliant goal,’ Klopp said.

‘That was a good sign for him, for sure. He played a super game tonight, he was involved in everything — flexible, kept the ball, passing was good and his control of the game was good.

‘The first goal is just a super smart goal, the goalkeeper could not see the ball because it was a crowded box and he chipped it into the far corner.

‘And the second, what a counter-attack, two passes until Mo got the ball and the first touch was outstanding, world class.’

Salah became the Merseyside club’s first striker since Ian Rush to score above 20 goals in four straight seasons, but that impressive feat didn’t shock his manager.

‘I’m not surprised,’ he added. ‘I work on a daily basis together with him and he will never stop having a massive desire for scoring goals.

‘He is a world-class player, there is no doubt about that. How I said in the last few weeks when we didn’t score that many, the only thing you can do is try and try and try again. You have to make good decisions or better decisions. Tonight he didn’t force it.

‘As I said, the first goal was a proper smart goal and in the last few weeks he probably would have tried to shoot through the legs or whatever, but this [tonight] was really keeping the overview and chipping the ball into the far corner. Top-class goal.’


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