Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he finds it “strange” that Mohamed Salah does not always get the credit he deserves.
Salah scored his 24th goal of the season in the Reds’ 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night.
The Egyptian is now comfortably the top scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals, while adding a further four in Europe.
Salah’s goal tally now actually stands at 118 in just 186 appearances for the club, an astronomical record that places him 13th on Liverpool‘s all-time top scorers list.
It’s probably fair to say that he isn’t held in the same regard as those who have achieved similar feats.
And Klopp admits that he has no idea why that is the case, insisting that he is given plenty of credit inside the club.
“You don’t have to ask me if or why he doesn’t get the credit. If he doesn’t get the credit, I don’t know,” he said.
“It would be really strange and really unexplainable why he shouldn’t get the credit. He gets the credit here, internally, for sure for all these things.
“He played an outstanding game against Leipzig, and not only because he scored. No, in all the other parts.
“Actually my favourite moment in the game, especially a knockout game, was when he won the headed challenge in our own box after 87 minutes or something like that, when Angelino was in his back and wanted to volley the ball in.
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“He played an outstanding game. He gets all the respect from us.
“If you don’t give him the right amount of respect, you have to ask yourself why that is the case.
“The numbers and the performances cannot be the reason.”