Mohamed Salah is in the middle of his fourth season as a Liverpool FC player, and in that time he has become one of the most dangerous attackers in world football. The Egyptian winger has found the back of the net 118 times in 186 appearances for the Reds, a tally that places him at 13th on the all-time goal-scoring list for a club with a long history of talented attackers.
Salah’s incredible 2017-18 campaign rightfully earned him universal praise from fans, players, coaches, and pundits alike. Though he has maintained a very high level of play and continued scoring at astonishing rates since then, the amount of credit he receives for the things he does on the pitch has dropped off considerably since that first season at Anfield.
While many have fallen off the Salah bandwagon since his debut season in Liverpool, manager Jürgen Klopp is still fully on board, and he has no idea why Salah doesn’t get the credit he so rightfully deserves.
“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,” said Klopp.
Though Salah may be underappreciated in many circles, that is certainly not the case in the Liverpool dressing room according to the German manager.
“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.”
While Salah’s goalscoring record is an obvious positive of his play, that’s not the only thing he brings to the table. Klopp was thrilled with the way he played against RB Leipzig in the Champion’s League earlier this week.
“He played an outstanding game against Leipzig, and not only because he scored. No, in all the other parts. Actually, my favorite 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 Angeliño was in his back and wanted to volley the ball in.”
It’s abundantly clear by Klopp’s comments that Salah’s teammates and coaches understand how valuable he is to the team. He may not get the external plaudits he deserves, but most certainly gets them from within the club.
Klopp then went further than just expressing Liverpool’s appreciation for their Egyptian star. He openly questioned anyone who doesn’t appreciate his contributions.
“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.”