Mohamed Salah's goalscoring feats a 'win-win' for Liverpool - Jurgen Klopp
LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah's record-breaking goalscoring form is a "win-win situation" for both the Egypt international and Liverpool.
Salah scored his 40th goal of the season in all competitions during Liverpool's 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. He becomes the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1986-87 to break the 40-goal mark in a single campaign.
Liverpool moved a step closer to securing Champions League qualification for next season following the win over Eddie Howe's side, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino joining Salah on the scoresheet.
Salah, who is on course to win the Premier League's Golden Boot, is also one of the favourites to become PFA Player of Year.
Klopp believes personal accolades for the 25-year-old should therefore translate into success for Liverpool this term.
"Yes, it's extraordinary. He knows that," Klopp told a news conference. "You see the boys sometimes searching for him a little too much. It's like, 'Give it [to] him.' We have to mix it up a little bit. That's for the analysis. You show the boys and they see this. In the game, it's difficult to change but you could see it today.
"So it's a win-win situation. The boys for him and him for the boys. It's fantastic and he didn't look today like he didn't want to score in the next few games!
"You saw he was very often in good situations today and scored one goal. It's all about him, it's all about us how we finish the season.
"It's completely normal that a boy in that situation wants to be the top of the scorer list at the end, the Golden Boot or whatever the name is. It's completely normal. We will not be in his way. But we cannot force it, so pass, shoot, pass, shoot -- that's the normal thing to do.
"It's good, it's impressive -- what a number, wow. What a number we scored as a team in the season -- it's crazy. It's around about 100 in the Champions League. I'm not sure, I didn't count. It's really good, but we have to carry on [in] the few games to come."
The win over Bournemouth sees Liverpool maintain a 10-point gap over fifth-placed Chelsea. Liverpool took the lead after seven minutes through Mane before Salah managed to lob Bournemouth's Asmir Begovic with a header in the 69th minute. Firmino added Liverpool's third in the dying seconds.
"It was only 1-0 at half-time but we created a lot of chances and good situations," Klopp added. "It looked really mature, fluent and flexible again.
"And then what you need in a game like this, against a side who want to have counter-attacks -- which is normal if they are that much under pressure -- the counter-pressing was outstanding from the boys. The boys did fantastic.
"For around about 75 minutes, a fantastic game and then somebody closed our power and the boys felt the intensity of the last few weeks. You saw we didn't control it anymore and so Bournemouth came from time to time, we had a few blocks in the box, a few dangerous situations.
"It was good that we kept a clean sheet, with the little bit of luck you always need. [It was] a really good game and a very important result."
Dejan Lovren came off in the 83rd minute at Anfield on Saturday and headed straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Ragnar Klavan.
Klopp was left hoping the defender's issue was "not too serious" but was unable to provide a more detailed update on the player's fitness, having not spoken to him after the game.
Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.