Jurgen Klopp previews Liverpool's clash with Wolves
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not believe Mohamed Salah is selfish after the Premier League’s top scorer came in for criticism despite his brace in the Merseyside derby. After that thumping 4-1 success over Everton, Klopp revealed that Salah was ‘angry’ not to have scored a hat-trick, prompting some fans to suggest that the Egyptian is selfish.
Salah took his Premier League tally to 13 with his two goals at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
He now has an incredible record of 19 goals in as many appearances across all competitions this term.
The 29-year-old collected Jordan Henderson’s pass to clinically finish across Jordan Pickford for his first goal. He then beat Seamus Coleman to the ball and ran from the halfway line to slide home his second of the evening.
His two goals came sandwiched between strikes by Henderson and Diogo Jota.
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Klopp revealed after that Salah was not content with having scored twice, instead insisting that the forward – who surpassed 100 Premier League goals earlier this season – wanted to score a third.
“He was angry after the game,” Klopp told Amazon Prime. “He wanted to score the third one. I don’t take these things for granted.
“His second goal, you have to force these kind of mistakes. Mo put Coleman under pressure to win that ball and from then on it is a good chance he will score.”
Those comments prompted some to suggest that Salah was selfish for not simply being content with his side earning another huge victory over their local rivals.
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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has previously pointed out the former Roma star’s greedy nature.
He said: “His greed is one of his great strengths but he should have left it for his mate. He was never going to get there. He [Jota] would have had a goal if it wasn’t for Salah.
“You can’t do that. As great a player as he is, he knows that’s not a great look.”
However, Klopp has now struck back at those claims.
“Salah was never criticised for being too selfish by us,” the Liverpool boss clarified in his Friday press conference.
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“What helps a lot is experience so you know what to do in situations and areas of the pitch.
“What helps is Mo has the experience, not lost the greed to score but developed technically. He sees others in better areas.”
Salah can reach 20 goals for the season when Liverpool travel to Wolves on Saturday.
The Reds have now won their last four matches in all competitions after November’s worrying 3-2 defeat by West Ham.
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