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Klopp Talk: Mo Salah’s Left Foot Better Than Ronaldo’s

The gaffer offered thoughts ahead of the weekend’s big derby.

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Jurgen Klopp thinks Cristiano Ronaldo is slightly better in the air than Mohamed Salah, but Salah’s left foot wins. But “speed-wise they are both pretty quick, very desperate to score goals”.

“They [Manchester United] won now that game [against Atalanta in midweek] but United-Liverpool is a massive game obviously, we know that”, he said of the weekend’s clash.

“I think Man United is not overly happy with the results they got so far but we all know they are able to do incredible stuff, that’s how it is, and we saw it already. So, we try to focus mainly on ourselves but, of course, if you ask me about the half-time talk now, the game is over after the final whistle, not after the whistle after 45, 46 minutes.”

On Liverpool’s stellar goalscoring form this season, he wasn’t keen to get complacent.

“It helps, obviously, but it’s not now that we are in a situation where we just rely on our goalscoring skills and think we score anyway so we can concede two because we always score three. It’s nothing to do [with that], it’s more a coincidence that we scored that often; we created chances and scored, but in a row it’s quite strange that we did that and I know that.

“Yes, scoring goals is good for confidence, but relying on that is already the first step in completely the wrong direction. I think this gets mentioned quite frequently now in the last few weeks that we scored a lot of goals, [but] we never felt it, we never thought about it and that’s how we thought we [would] continue dealing with it. Nobody knows how often you will score in the next game but hopefully you do and hopefully you don’t concede because that gives you a good chance to win.”