Jurgen Klopp: This proves Liverpool FC star is ‘smart person’
The Liverpool FC manager heaps praise on Mohamed Salah for his self awareness
Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah knows that he needs help from his Liverpool FC team-mates if he is going to thrive again next season.
The Egypt international was a revelation in the Premier League following his £39m move to Liverpool FC from AS Roma in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Salah scored an incredible 32 goals in the Premier League to finish as the division’s leading goal-scorer ahead of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
The African forward’s exceptional performances earned him the PFA player of the year award despite Kevin De Bruyne’s incredible performances for Premier League champions Manchester City.
To cap his brilliant debut season at Anfield, Salah scored 10 goals to help Liverpool FC reach the Champions League final before he suffered a dislocated shoulder in a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.
Salah has been quick to credit his Liverpool FC team-mates for helping the former Chelsea FC star to silence his critics and give the African forward a platform to perform.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s website, Klopp wasn’t surprised to see Salah pay tribute to his team-mates.
“He is smart, he is a smart boy. He knows it,” Klopp said.
“He is not the physically strongest player in the world and a football game demands a lot of you from the physical side, so he needs these situations where he can show his skills.
“The boys worked really hard to bring him into this situation and our game developed a lot in the last year.
“It was not the same game as [in] the first matchday and the last matchday, or matchday 25 when we were maybe in the best shape, because we got used to each other and knew about the strengths of each other.
“It was really nice to watch and nice to work on. He knows he needs help [from his teammates] and that he says it shows he is a smart person.”
Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to ensure their continued participation in the Champions League.