Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah ‘challenged & warned’
In Thursday’s Times, reporter Paul Joyce has flagged up fresh quotes from Jurgen Klopp regarding Mohamed Salah.
Salah has dropped off the pace from his remarkable stats last season.
The Egyptian won the Premier League Golden Boot last season with 32 goals from his 36 appearances.
In 2018-19, Salah only has 17 league goals to his name. Sadio Mane has also scored 17 league goals.
Salah hasn’t played any football for a few weeks as he didn’t join up with Egypt during the international break.
That’s lead Klopp to make the following statement:
He always played pretty much all games everywhere, for his country, for us and all that stuff, so it was really important [he could have a break].
Now he will be here, a full week to prepare for the rest of the season, so that’s cool. I spoke to him, he looked really relaxed and in a good mood. Now, let’s go.
On Klopp’s Salah comments, Paul Joyce applied the following interpretation:
Those three little words in summation sounded like a challenge and a warning.
Tottenham & Man City
In the wider picture, Liverpool’s ultimate challenge this season is to beat Man City to the title.
Man City know that if they win all their remaining Premier League matches they’ll be crowned champs.
Liverpool are two points clear of the Sky Blues having played a game more.
On the more narrow scope, Liverpool need to focus all their energies into beating Tottenham at Anfield this weekend.
Tottenham have a decent record against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Indeed, Klopp’s first match in charge at Liverpool was a 0-0 draw with Spurs.
While last season Tottenham thumped Liverpool 4-1 in a memorable match at Wembley.
Earlier this season, however, Liverpool beat Spurs 2-1 in the league.
Can Liverpool complete the double over Tottenham?