Honestly, who isn’t keen to talk about Mohamed Salah and everything he’s done for Liverpool in the past few weeks? Jordan Henderson had a lot to say after Salah’s brace in the Southampton game this weekend, and Klopp clearly felt like he had more to add to that.
“This is the Mo Salah period – no problem with that, well deserved,” Klopp said after the game. “But he’s also very important even when he’s not scoring because he stretches the formation.”
“The speed of the boys means the last line drops – there can be no other reaction. And then we have the space to play. The speed players aren’t only for counter-attacking. Sometimes that’s not possible. It’s about stretching formation and creating space for the rest.”
Salah has now scored 14 goals in 18 games and is the current top goalscorer in the Premier League. His goalscoring form has been impeccable recently, but even Klopp can admit that it’s probably not going to last.
“It [is] just a moment,” he added. “Unfortunately for all offensive players this happens. If he continued at this rate he would finish the season on something like 70 goals, which isn’t really likely.”
“We have these moments. He could have scored the penalty (against Huddersfield) and he’s missed some big chances, but I realise it’s just a moment. I really understand.”
Liverpool (and the rest of us) will hopefully continue to enjoy the fruits of the Mo Period while it lasts, though, especially as the team heads into the holiday season where they’ll play 13 games in 45 days.