Jurgen Klopp insists there is plenty for Mohamed Salah to learn after the Egyptian made his first appearance for Liverpool since signing from Roma.
The Egyptian scored his first goal for the club on Friday, equalising in a pre-season friendly against Wigan that finished 1-1.
Though he only played 45 minutes, Salah treated supporters to early signs of a potent understanding with the likes of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, implementing Klopp’s desire attacking interchanging and playing a key role in a number of eye-catching counterattacks.
Commenting on the winger’s debut, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “You saw he had no idea how we defend usually, so he was really not involved in this. He had two days with us, then he had to go to Paris, get the papers, but now he’s here and we thought ‘let’s play him’.”
“He’s really used to a completely different way of defending, but the first situation, nice sprint. And the goal was maybe the easiest situation in the game, but they played a few wonderful pieces of football: Roberto, Phil, Adam, Gini in the No.6 position was good. So it was OK, just not where they can be. It’s just a sign, but that’s important.”
Wigan’s left-back fell victim to Salah’s incredible pace less than a minute into Friday’s match as the 25-year-old went on a blistering run down the right-hand side to demonstrate what £36.9million can buy.
Unsurprisingly, he looked extremely comfortable in Liverpool’s familiar 4-3-3 setup and showcased what a threat he can be as a central figure running in behind.
His defensive work will come in good time but the early signs are promising and he can certainly be pleased with the manner in which he has started his career as a Red.