Klopp praises Salah after West Ham rout

Liverpool boss lauded Mohamed Salah on Saturday after the Egyptian winger’s latest star performance helped the Reds thrash West Ham.

Salah netted his 11th and 12th goals of the season as Liverpool put four past West Ham, with Klopp delighted with the decision to splash a club-record transfer fee in the summer.

“We watched Salah so often, saw him so often,” he said. “The scouting department was really behind me, and wanted to do it even earlier.

“He was a decision of all of us. We are glad to have him in our team. He’s a real goal threat, an offensive midfield player who plays more as a second striker. Today he had a different position, but he liked it.”

Fans also enjoyed Salah’s superb form.

Klopp was also happy with the response of his team, who earned their third win in three since a 4-1 hammering by Spurs at Wembley two weeks ago.

“It’s a fantastic week. I’m not sure how far Wembley is away from here, but I felt quite different. Now we’ve responded from that really well.

“We knew after that game at Tottenham that we were bad. Tottenham is always good, but we were the main reason for this result. We wanted to strike back and the boys did that with really nice results.”

The German was also full of praise for Sadio Mane, after the winger played 77 minutes just days after recovering from an injury.

“I decided after one [training] session, but he had another yesterday,” said Klopp. “Sadio is a naturally fit player – he’s a little machine.

“When we trained after Maribor – the first session on Thursday – he was a little bit stiff in the beginning and then you could see how he starts enjoying the intensity. That’s why we decided we should try it.

“I said in the press conference yesterday that he’s ready for 25 minutes. Obviously he was ready for 25-plus. Good for us.”