Jurgen Klopp reveals when he knew that Mohamed Salah would be a great striker

Even Jurgen Klopp has been taken by surprise how good Mo Salah has been for the Reds this season claiming that no one could have known that he would turn out to be a prolific striker.

That said, the German has also claimed that he knew preseason that the Egyptian could play in the central position up front.

“He played more on the wing in Rome for example where he had a very dominant striker in Edin Dzeko”, said Klopp.

“Nobody could know (that he could play as a striker). We learnt it step by step. We didn’t know exactly that he’s (capable) of playing in the centre. He’s had games. It’s normal when you’re 1-0 up and you leave him in the centre with the counter-attack.

“We will not treat him like, ‘You don’t have to train, Mo – just come on Saturday for the game and we’ll see you there at Anfield or whatever’.

“He doesn’t want that. He’s exactly in the moment of his career but he knows there is a lot for him to come. He wants to learn and he wants to improve.

“When did we realise he could play in the centre? It was early. Without consistency, we couldn’t know but in the pre-season we knew.”

Salah has now taken his goal tally to 36 for the season following his four goals in the 5-0 win over Watford on Saturday – four ahead of injured Tottenham hitman Harry Kane.

The striker has to now be the rock-solid favourite to finish the season as top scorer and not just in England but quite possibly in Europe as well.

Salah’s transformation from winger into world class striker is similar to the road that Thierry Henry took for Arsenal and if Salah’s career goes along the same trajectory then the Liverpool faithful have a fantastic few years ahead of them unless Real Madrid or Barcelona come knocking.

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