Jürgen Klopp reiterated Mohamed Salah’s ‘world-class’ credentials after the Liverpool forward scored his 20th goal of the season on Saturday.
Salah guided in an important equaliser as the Reds recovered from an early deficit to beat Bournemouth 2-1 and go 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
The effort was his 70th in the division for the club on his 100th league appearance.
F I N I S H 🤩 A unique angle of @MoSalah’s strike against @afcbournemouth 👌 https://t.co/IRGx8MlYgo
— LFC (Liverpool FC) 9th Mar 11:42
It also meant the Egyptian has netted 20 times or more in all competitions for the third campaign in a row – the first Liverpool player to achieve that feat since Michael Owen in 2002-03.
Asked how much that cements Salah’s place as one of the club’s great modern forwards, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “I don’t think he needed that goal to do that, but it helps obviously that people [will] remember you.
“Incredibly important goal, a super performance – a really, really good game of Mo.
“He is an outstanding striker, a world-class striker. It’s really nice, I’m really happy for him that he reached that mark and I think Sadio has the chance to do similar stuff. That would be really cool.
“We need the boys because with all the good stuff you can do on the pitch, in the end you need somebody to finish it off and very often, thank God, it was Mo.”