Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the press ahead of his sides crunch Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma, and talk rather inevitably once again turned to the sensational goal scoring exploits of his teams star man Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian international has exceeded the expectations of even the most optimistic of Reds fans since signing from tomorrow nights opponents last summer for £38 million.
The 25-year-old has been voted PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers Player of the Year after netting an incredible 31 goals and providing nine assists in just 34 Premier League games so far this season.
Klopp has credited Salah’s transformation from good player to world class superstar to an increase in his confidence levels and also praised how he interacts with his team-mates.
“He has matured, got confidence here,”
“He came from Chelsea to Florence and played a good season, but not as good as the season at Roma.”
“He grew up and became the player he is now. We are the lucky guys who have him now in the team, that is how it is.”
“It is not that I have explained to him exactly how to score goals, he knew that before already, but each striker in the world does not start as an 18-year-old boy as the goal-getter – he needs to make his own experiences.”
“That is what Mo did, in very difficult circumstances, coming early from Egypt to Switzerland (with Basel), doing all that journey, carrying all that responsibility for all the people, maybe for a whole country, and he is really quite cool with it.”
“He has good team-mates, they love helping him and they love how he helps them.”