Jurgen Klopp insists Mohamed Salah’s individual objectives don’t outweigh his desire to help Liverpool enjoy a superb season.
Despite the Egyptian’s remarkable scoring figures, his manager claims the team’s triumphs are the main goals of one of football’s most humble servants.
Salah now boasts a four-goal lead over Harry Kane as the Premier League’s top scorer after bagging his 30th in last Saturday’s win over Bournemouth.
His expertly-cushioned header also marked his 40th across all competitions, leaving him in sight of Ian Rush’s incredible tally of 47 over the 1983/1984 campaign.
“There are always personal targets, but the main target for Mo is to finish in the Champions League spots and, in an ideal world, to go to the final – and if you are then there, to win the final,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We don’t have to think too much about that; it’s not that we start now bringing him into situations where he can score.”
“We have to play normal football and in the end, if Mo is at his best, he will be a goal threat at least. If he is in the right positions, he will score or not. That’s how it always was.”
A Champions League final would undoubtedly challenge Salah’s multiple scoring records as a stunning achievement in his first season at the club.
Liverpool’s talisman faces his and the club’s biggest game of the season on Tuesday night, with former employers Roma set to visit Anfield for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.
Not only does it represent a high-stakes contest, but it also arrives as the type of emotionally-fuelled occasion designed to test just how significant Salah’s growth has been as a match winner.
Give him the ball in this mood and Liverpool have every chance of booking a spot in the final.