Jurgen Klopp says Mo Salah and Sadio Mane work together perfectly when they are on the pitch for the Reds – and has explained that he knew that would be the case right from the moment the former came in.
When Salah arrived for £36 million from AS Roma, the Egyptian was concerned that he would not get that much time on the pitch because Mane was so good, but Klopp soon talked him around, outlining his plan.
Via the Daily Express, Klopp explained: “I remember when we spoke to Mo the first time, he said: ‘Yes, but Sadio is playing on the right-wing and he’s not bad is he?’. And I said: ‘I know, but he can play on the other wing as well…’
‘It was clear it wasn’t just one pushing the other – they could play together. They’re a proper threat.”
For all the talk about the pair not getting on after that public falling out at Burnley a couple of weeks back, there is nothing but respect between them.
Both are now fully-fledged world-class forwards and will by vying once again for the Premier League Golden Boot, pushing one another to new heights.
With Salah on the right and Mane on the left, with Roberto Firmino tying everything together in the middle, the Reds have the most perfectly balanced frontline in world football.