Jurgen Klopp insists Mohamed Salah is ‘completely fine’ after the Liverpool forward refrained from celebrating his goals against Red Star Belgrade.
The Egyptian scored twice in the 4-0 rout to eclipse a long-standing record in becoming the fastest player to score 50 goals for the Reds.
Salah silenced critics by achieving the feat in just 65 games, beating Albert Stubbins’ 77 games during his time at the club between 1946–1953.
His nearest rival in the modern era was Fernando Torres, with the Spaniard having reached the milestone in 84 outings.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Klopp pondered the doubts from outside the club amid Salah’s mini-drought as a potential reason for his muted celebrations.
He said: “He is completely fine, really,” per Goal.com.
“If he is not celebrating, I don’t know if he is maybe a bit annoyed about getting asked about it [his scoring record].”
“We didn’t speak about it, to be honest. You ask him all the time and then I go to him and say, ‘How do you feel because you haven’t scored as often?’ – I am not crazy! It is all good.”
“I saw him celebrating but I couldn’t see his face from that distance. I know he is fine – and I saw his face when I took him off. That was different.”
Salah’s brace at Anfield followed up his winner in Saturday’s clash with Huddersfield in ending something of a frustrating spell in front of goal.
The 2017/2018 Premier League Golden Boot winner now boasts a rather respectable tally of six goals in 13 appearances across all competitions so far this season.
For Salah to be joined back on the scoresheet again by both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino was an encouraging sign after a period in which the trio had been guilty of lacking the required conviction in the final-third.
Wednesday could prove a menacing warning that Liverpool’s formidable frontmen are beginning to click again.