Jurgen Klopp outlines Mo Salah’s Liverpool FC targets for 2017-18 season
The Liverpool FC manager insists Mo Salah isn't getting distracted by the race to finish as the Premier League's top goal-scorer
Jurgen Klopp insists Mohamed Salah is concentrating on helping Liverpool FC to secure a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League final rather than winning the Premier League’s golden boot.
The Egypt international has enjoyed a brilliant debut season at the Anfield outfit following his £39m move to Serie A giants AS Roma in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Salah scored his 30th Premier League goal in 32 games last weekend after the African forward guided a deft header past Asmir Begovic in Liverpool FC’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
The former Chelsea FC winger is sitting four goals ahead of Tottenham Hotspur rival Harry Kane in the race to win the Premier League’s golden boot this term.
Salah can move further clear of Kane if the Liverpool FC forward gets on the score sheet against West Brom on Saturday morning as Tottenham take on Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s media conference ahead of their trip to West Brom at The Hawthorns, Klopp said:
“There are always personal targets, but the main target for Mo is to finish in the Champions League spots and, in an ideal world, to go to the final – and if you are then there, to win the final.
“We don’t have to think too much about that; it’s not that we start now bringing him into situations where he can score. We have to play normal football and in the end, if Mo is at his best, he will be a goal threat at least. If he is in the right positions, he will score or not. That’s how it always was.
“Because of the question, you see it has changed already, from outside the view is it is decisive for this or that, but in the end we came here in the position [we are in] because of the football we played, [just] as Mo came here because of the football he played.
“We don’t have to change anything, we only have to carry on. For him and for us, it’s exactly the same.”
Liverpool FC signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk in a club record £75m deal from Southampton in the 2018 January transfer window.
The Reds are in third place in the Premier League table and four points adrift of Manchester United.