Klopp thrilled with goal glutton salah

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah shooting between Aaron Cresswell's legs to score Liverpool's second goal against West Ham. He also took the corner from which team-mate Emre Can opened the scoring, bringing the Egyptian's league tally to 23 goals and eight
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah shooting between Aaron Cresswell's legs to score Liverpool's second goal against West Ham. He also took the corner from which team-mate Emre Can opened the scoring, bringing the Egyptian's league tally to 23 goals and eight assists this season.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Reds boss hails Egyptian's appetite to get on the scoresheet in 4-1 demolition of Hammers

LONDON • Mohamed Salah was filmed visiting a Liverpool chip shop last week, but there is no real doubt about his appetite for goals after the Egyptian continued his hot streak in a 4-1 victory over West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.

After scoring for the sixth straight game, the 25-year-old has 31 goals in all competitions this season - equalling Luis Suarez's best haul for the Reds in the 2013-14 campaign.

And his 51st-minute strike was his 20th in the Premier League with his left foot, breaking Robbie Fowler's mark for a single campaign. Salah is so good he is now even usurping "God".

"Mo is obviously a boy full of greed to score goals," purred manager Jurgen Klopp.

Salah also provided the assist for Emre Can to open the scoring from a corner before Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane got on the scoresheet on another prolific day for Klopp's front three as Liverpool broke through the 100-goal mark for the season.

"When I woke up this morning, I didn't expect a game like this, it was a joy to watch for everybody," added the German. "It was intense, it was aggressive, it was angry, it was full of desire. I saw everything I wish to see in a game of football and it's not often you see that.

  • MOST LEFT-FOOTED GOALS IN AN EPL SEASON

  • 20 MOHAMED SALAH (LIVERPOOL) TOTAL: 23 GOALS IN 2017-18

    19 ROBBIE FOWLER (LIVERPOOL) 25 GOALS IN 1994-95

    18 ROBIN VAN PERSIE (MAN UNITED) 26 GOALS IN 2012-13

    17 ROBIN VAN PERSIE (ARSENAL) 30 GOALS IN 2011-12

  • MOST RIGHT-FOOTED GOALS IN AN EPL SEASON

    29 ALAN SHEARER (BLACKBURN) TOTAL: 34 GOALS IN 1994-95

    26 ANDY COLE (NEWCASTLE) 34 GOALS IN 1993-94

    24 ALAN SHEARER (BLACKBURN) 31 GOALS IN 1995-96

    24 THIERRY HENRY (ARSENAL) 27 GOALS IN 2005-06

"We scored from a set piece too. You only ever talk to me about set pieces when we suffer from them so it's nice to score one too."

The game at Anfield was his side's first outing since beating Porto 5-0 in the Champions League 10 days ago.

Liverpool spent four days in Marbella, Spain, as their early exit from the FA Cup ensured a weekend off and Klopp said the extra rest has refreshed his team.

"To get the points is important. We all put pressure on each other with results. That is how it is," Klopp said. "We have no time to rest, no time to waste one point. It is really intense for all the teams involved, for all the players involved.

"I don't think United and Chelsea think too much about us but they know before the match day that we are around. We play United in two weeks. We don't have points to waste.

"I would have taken a 1-0, (they) hit the post four times, Loris Karius makes 20 saves, whatever because we need the points."

JUST WHAT THE COACH ORDERED

It was intense, it was aggressive, it was angry, it was full of desire. I saw everything I wish to see in a game of football and it's not often you see that.

JURGEN KLOPP, Liverpool manager, satisfied with his side's display.

West Ham manager David Moyes, whose substitute Michail Antonio scored for the visitors, felt his side struggled to deal with Liverpool's attacking prowess as Klopp's men put four past the Hammers for the second time this season.

For a remarkable 11th time in 2017-18, Liverpool had scored four or more in a game. Salah is not the only one goal-greedy in this team.

"It is really difficult to deal with them," Moyes said.

"We were never going to get loads of chances here, we knew that, and the quality of the players they have caused us big problems.

"We always thought we had a chance of scoring today but we couldn't keep their front players quiet."

Watford moved into 10th in the table as captain Troy Deeney's strike 11 minutes from time was enough to beat Everton 1-0 in Saturday's late kick-off.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2018, with the headline 'Klopp thrilled with goal glutton salah'. Print Edition | Subscribe