Jurgen Klopp hails Mo Salah after he reached 150 goals for the club and said ‘no-one’ could have imagined he would have scored so many goals so quickly when he first signed
- Mo Salah scored his 150th goal for the club during Liverpool’s win over Norwich
- Jurgen Klopp said ‘no-one’ predicted the Egyptian would reach the tally so soon
- The Liverpool manager said that the scoring record of Sadio Mane was ‘insane’
Jurgen Klopp has admitted nobody predicted how quickly Mo Salah would become a Liverpool goalscoring legend after the brilliant Egyptian notched his 150th for the club in yesterday’s 3-1 win against Norwich.
Salah was considered a risk by many pundits when Liverpool signed him from Roma for £36milion in 2017 because of an indifferent previous spell in England with Chelsea.
However, he netted on his debut at Watford and hasn’t stopped scoring since. His tally of 150 in 233 matches represents the best strike rate of any Liverpool player in history who has scored more than 30 times for the club.
Jurgen Klopp has hailed Mo Salah after he notched his 150th goal for the club against Norwich
‘That first goal at Watford was probably the easiest. No-one could imagine when he scored it, he would score another 149 in such a short period of time,’ said Klopp.
‘I can’t remember all his goals but I remember a lot and there were some really good ones. Against Chelsea, a thunderball in the corner, the dribble against Manchester City, against United with Alisson’s pass. And today was a really cheeky one to be honest.’
Salah put Liverpool 2-1 up against the Canaries after 67 minutes when he collected a long pass from his goalkeeper, controlled with what Klopp called an ‘insane first touch’ and the dragged back before finishing with his right foot.
Klopp said that when Salah signed, ‘no-one’ could have predicted he would reach the tally
The Premier League’s leading scorer was jubilant at becoming only the 10th player in Liverpool’s history to reach the 150 milestone.
‘It feels great,’ he said. ‘We struggled in the beginning and conceded a goal so the game became tough but it turned out to be a great result and of course I am happy to score my 150th goal.
‘I am always proud to score for this club, the most important thing is the win.
Klopp said he could not remember all of Salah’s goals but picked out a strike against Chelsea
‘When you fight with Manchester City, most of the time they win games so we just need to focus on ourselves and see what happens at the end of the season.’
Salah’s landmark overshadowed a brilliant overhead kick from his strike partner Sadio Mane who recently helped Senegal win the African Cup of Nations.
He has matched John Barnes, regarded as Liverpool’s greatest left-winger, for goals.
Klopp also praised Sadio Mane, who scored against Norwich, for his ‘insane’ scoring record
‘Sadio’s goal record is definitely insane as well,’ said Klopp. ‘He showed his whole range today. He helped the team massively by being in the centre, then going to the left, then going back to the centre and scoring.
‘He is a world-class striker whether he plays right left or centre and it is really helpful to have him here.’
Once over-reliant on their two African superstars, Liverpool also had a debut goalscorer Luis Diaz in their 3-1 win, while Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino missed out through injury.