Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned Premier League opponents Mohamed Salah can still get better despite the Egypt international’s record-equalling first half of the season.
The signing of the summer, Salah took his tally to 23, matching Roger Hunt’s 1961-62 club record of goals before the new year, with both goals as the Reds came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1.
While Harry Kane dominates the headlines, Salah’s 17 goals in the Premier League are only one behind Kane, as he averages a goal every 94 minutes.
However, Klopp sees much more room for improvement.
“Yes, he can keep that standard, for sure. He is still a young player, he can improve,” the German said.
“It’s not about scoring only, it’s about other situations as well. He’s so important for us but he knows and I know that he couldn’t score if he didn’t have the fantastic support of all the other boys.
“We played fantastic passes. Sadio Mane’s idea (a back-heel) in the moment before Mo scored the first goal I don’t think a lot of people in the stadium saw that it would be an opportunity. That was really important.”
If Liverpool are to continue their push for a top four finish they will need to keep Salah healthy, so seeing him limp off with seven minutes remaining has to worry the Liverpool boss, who says he does not know how serious the injury is to his superstar.
“We have to see what his problem was,” said Klopp. “We will see what he can do for the next game.”
“I don’t know in this moment exactly [what it is] but he was limping. That’s never a good sign,” Klopp added.