Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah is hungry to win the Premier League Golden Boot this season.
The Egyptian is facing tough competition from Tottenham Hotspur’s on-form striker Harry Kane.
Kane’s brace against Everton last Friday took him two goals clear of Mohamed Salah in the race for the accolade.
Salah has netted 19 league goals in 31 appearances for the Reds while Kane has 21 goals in 30 appearances for Spurs. On Monday night, the former AS Roma forward had a chance to close the gap on his arch-rival, but he didn’t find the back of the net in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road.
Speaking to the media and asked about whether he thinks Salah has what it takes to catch up to the flying Englishman, Klopp said he trusts his hitman to win the Golden Boot.
“Yes, of course. A football player has 15 years, maybe 17 or 18 in some cases, in their career. It is a time in your life when you are at your physical best and you want to squeeze everything you can out of your career.
“Most of the players never win the Golden Boot. If you win it once it is a big achievement. If you win it twice it is a really big achievement, if you can win it a third time, there are not many players who have won it three times.
“Strikers have to be selfish. I have never met an unselfish striker. You can be the nicest person in the world, but in the end you want to score goals and that means you do not see players in the same shirt.”
He concluded by saying that the 28-year-old is a natural goal scorer and with a few games remaining in the league, he still has a lot to offer.
“He (Salah) is just a natural goal scorer, he wants to score goals. That is something he has developed later in his career. That is what world-class players do (score season after season). Knowing your own quality helps you get back on track quicker than others.”
Liverpool will look to get back to winning ways when they host Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday. Klopp’s side are in a race against time as they look to accumulate enough points in the remaining games to secure a Uefa Champions League spot for next season.
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