- Jurgen Klopp lauds his 14-goal attacker Mo Salah, who he now claims ‘is a man’
- As a youngster, Salah failed to make the grade at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho
- But now, the Portuguese is being proven hilariously wrong
- SEE MORE: 70 goals for the season – Klopp speaks about Mo Salah in strange terms
Jurgen Klopp has discussed the monumental difference between Chelsea’s Mo Salah and the one we now see tearing up the Premier League in red.
The Egyptian moved up the rankings to become the top flight’s leading goalscorer on Saturday by notching a brace against Southampton and has scored 14 in total since signing from Roma.
But during his first spell in England, the 25-year-old was given just 19 appearances in total by Jose Mourinho, who shipped him off to Italy having deemed Salah not good enough.
Now, the winger is quickly becoming recognised as one of the most lethal attackers in Europe, much to the dismay of Chelsea fans who are also having to watch rejects Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku tear up trees of their own.
According to the boss, Salah’s physicality has enabled him to become the superstar he is today.
“I don’t think it’s like this,” Klopp answered Goal, when probed on whether Salah was out for symbolic revenge in proving Chelsea wrong.
“Maybe it was one reason he came back, but he’s not like ‘now I will show you the real Mo Salah’.
“He’s completely relaxed. For sure he wanted to show a little bit he’s better than that, but everyone knew it already.
“He was a kid when he came to Chelsea, and we have heard a few times that’s quite difficult, and in that time they were really successful. It was quite difficult to come through.
“A little bit less muscle, a little bit less physical, and you fly through the Premier League – not like he’s flying now – but one body check, you understand. With his body shape that’s now different.
“He’s a man now, he was a kid at Chelsea, now he’s a man. That’s good.”
At his current rate of scoring, we’d be surprised if the 25-year-old didn’t plunder 30 goals this term.
We all lost the plot when centre-forward Luis Suarez was registering those numbers, so to have an inside forward, who does his fair share of defensive work, on this number already, is astounding.
Long may it continue!