Jurgen Klopp will be used to talking about Mohamed Salah by now as the Egyptian prepares to return to former club Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday, but he was still taken aback by one question in his pre-game news conference.
Salah has scored 43 goals in all competitions since his summer move from the Italian capital to Liverpool, winning both the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards as a result.
But one particular journalist put it to Klopp that Salah does not do much other than score goals, and the Liverpool boss answered in typically brilliant fashion.
“Each player has to do different jobs and each striker needs to defend,” Klopp said.
“Mo is doing that, but do Firmino and Mane defend more in specific situations? Yes, they do.
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“But if you look Firmino tells Salah to move up front. It’s not that he’s out of any duties defensively, even if you defend with all players it doesn’t mean they’re all just outside the box.
“He’s not free of duties, he’s involved in defending, but we have defenders who are more involved than that.”
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