Jurgen Klopp has warned Mohamed Salah that he needs to maintain his formidable form until the end of the season after the Egyptian scored his 20th goal of the campaign in Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth.
Former Chelsea forward Salah made it 14 goals in as many matches to propel Klopp’s team back into the Champions League places. Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Roberto Fermino were the Merseysiders’ other scorers.
But manager Klopp was reluctant to be too gushing in his praise of Anfield’s new cult hero and says it is too early to get carried away by Salah’s remarkable performances.
“I do not go to bed at night, thinking ‘wow how good is Salah? He is a very important player for us, like all of the others,” Klopp said. “It is only halfway through the season. I am looking forward that he stays in that shape, still plays like this.
“Mo knows how much I respect and like him. He is finding it easy at the moment to finish situations.”
The victory lifted Liverpool above Arsenal and into the top four and Klopp afterwards admitted it may take an enormous points haul to stay there.
“From the first minute, we were absolutely spot on. We controlled the game in the second half and were never really every troubled. I am really happy with the whole package we showed today.
“When it was 3-0 at halftime people will have remembered what happened last season but thankfully this time we kept control of the game.”
“It is our Christmas party tonight and we can really enjoy it because this is the first time we have won the match before.”
The defeat means Bournemouth have now gone five games without a win and are only one point and two places above the relegation zone.
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