Mohamed Salah scoring 50 goals for Liverpool would not have been possible without ‘wonderful’ supplies from his teammates, according to coach Jurgen Klopp, who expects the striker to be thankful to them.
Prior to the international break, the former Roma star has struggled to apply himself in the way he did during his magnificent debut campaign with the Reds, having not scored since a 3-0 win over Southampton in September.
He grabbed the winner in Saturday’s Premier League win over Huddersfield Town to reach 50 goals in English football for both Chelsea and the Reds.
But his brace in Wednesday’s 4-0 Champions League victory over Red Star Belgrade saw him reach the landmark for the Anfield outfit – doing so in a record 65 games.
The first was as a result of ‘genius’ assist from Xherdan Shaqiri while he completed the brace from the penalty spot as Klopp’s team marched on to the summit of Group A.
“I think he would say thanks to his team-mates, because it’s quite difficult to score goals without these wonderful passes, crosses, whatever,” Klopp said in a pre-match conference.
“The first goal he scored was genius little link-up play from Shaq, I don’t know how he did that! And that’s it. It’s good that we can maybe stop talking about [Salah’s form]. I was not in doubt, he was not in doubt, but if you are constantly asked about it then it’s like something obviously is wrong, or people are not happy.
“You should not think about it, how can I possibly score again? It only happens if you work hard, are in the right spaces, if your teammates see you in the right moments and if you make the right runs. It’s an exceptional number, and hopefully, he can continue. What’s the next record he could reach? Is that the last one?”
Rather than celebrating the milestone, the Egypt international – who laughed off critics after the game – remained mute during celebrations of his goals.
Klopp, however, maintained his star forward is ‘completely fine’.