Soccer-Liverpool boss Klopp backs Salah (Reuters) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Mohamed Salah to deliver in the new season after Egypt forward ended speculation over his Anfield future by signing a long-term deal at the Premier League club.
Salah, who scored 31 times for Liverpool last season as they won the domestic cup double, penned a three-year deal last month.
“He’s in really good shape and of course, he’s happy to be here,” Klopp told reporters ahead of their promoted opener at Fulham on Saturday.
“As clear as it was for him, and I said we’ll take the deal down the line, it’s still an open matter and everybody talks about it. We’re human, but I took it. Didn’t see too much trouble. Honest.”
Salah was also featured at the Africa Cup of Nations in what has been a long season for the 30-year-old, but Klopp insists he is ready to go again.
“After a few weeks off, Mo is always full of strength and energy and he came back in good shape,” said the German. “He’s looked really sharp all preseason. Long will that continue.”
With Sadio Mane’s departure to Bayern Munich, Salah will be under extra pressure to lead a frontline that has been boosted by the addition of Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez.
Liverpool finished second last season, beating Manchester City by a point to claim the title.