Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp attributes longer preparation to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for shooting form
Jurgen Klopp credits Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane’s extended pre-season on Liverpool’s shooting form as he claims Diogo Jota ‘made the right decision to sign’ after the Reds set a goalscoring record
- Liverpool beat Southampton four times on Saturday as they won in the league
- Striker Diogo Jota scored early before scoring a second before halftime
- Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk’s goals saw the Reds score 39 goals in 13 games
- It is the first time they have scored three goals per game at this stage of the season
Jurgen Klopp owes Liverpool’s record score to an extended preseason for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane – and the extra ingredient supplied by Diogo Jota.
Liverpool have scored 39 goals in 13 games, the first time they have scored three goals per game at this stage of the season in their history – with Jota filling the void left by an injury to Roberto Firmino
“He (Jota) can play all forward positions,” Klopp said after the Portuguese forward scored the first two in a 4-0 romp against Southampton.
Diogo Jota struck twice in Liverpool’s 4-0 mauling over Southampton in the Premier League
“He made the right decision (to sign). If you talk to a player and they ask where they will play, I say you determine that with our performances. It’s not like the lineup is set in stone.
“It’s about playing 35 really good games instead of getting through a season and somehow playing 50 games. You need more than 11 players in a squad and more than three strikers and Diogo was smart enough to see that.”
After last season’s troubles, when Liverpool were plagued by injuries and needed a late run to qualify for the Champions League, the rhythm is back at Anfield.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (above) claimed the Portuguese attacker was smart to sign
“We knew we lacked stability last season. We had no center halves for a while and had to find solutions. So it wasn’t a shock that we couldn’t find the solidity we have now where everyone knows exactly what to do.
“This year we had a good pre-season and especially up front they had the longest pre-season in ages with Sadio and Mo and that was useful and found stability again.”
But even with a third straight clean sheet, the Liverpool boss is looking for better. “I wasn’t happy with the chances we got today,” he admitted.
Klopp credited Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane’s (right) pre-season for the Reds’ form
“I have no problem with Ali (Alisson) making saves, but they were too spectacular, to have two one-on-ones with the keeper shouldn’t happen. We have to work to be so stable, serious and relentlessly defensive and that gives us a platform to score and create. l
“It won’t always be the case that we always score two or more.”
Klopp also confirmed talks are underway with the Egyptian and Senegalese FAs to see if Salah and Mane can play a key Premier League game against Chelsea on January 2 before meeting their country for the African Cup of Nations.