Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool “need” Mohamed Salah to maintain his “greed” with regards to goalscoring.
Salah continued his record-breaking form as he became the first African player to score 30 Premier League goals in a single season with his strike against Bournemouth, where Sadio Mane spark the fire.
It was also the Egyptian’s 40th goal of the campaign in all competitions, with Salah helping fire the Reds to the Champions League semi-finals.
Salah appeared to struggle somewhat against Bournemouth, snatching at shots and failing to maintain his lead over Harry Kane, before finally doubling Liverpool’s lead on the evening.
Asked about his leading scorer possibly being distracted by the prospect of that personal accolade, Klopp said: “We need his greed, we need him to want to score.
“Weeks ago I said to Mo after a game, ‘That’s a situation where you have to pass’. Sometimes it’s so obvious that he knows it.
“He is not distracted or whatever about the golden boot; he wants to have it like he wants us to be successful.
“If he gets the golden boot it’s pretty likely that we are successful, so no problem with that.”
Rush was the last player to score 40 times in a season and the Welshman was at Anfield to see Salah join the club with a clever looped header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross.
“Thirty-one years ago since Ian Rush scored over 40 goals? Ian doesn’t look that old,” Klopp quipped.
“Was he 14 when he scored them!? Yes, it’s extraordinary. (Salah) knows that the kind of (football) we play suits him.”
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