Jurgen Klopp credits Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane’s prolonged pre-season for Liverpool’s firing form as he claims Diogo Jota ‘made the right decision to sign’ after the Reds hit a goal-scoring record
- Liverpool smashed four past Southampton on Saturday as they won in the league
- Forward Diogo Jota scored early on before netting a second before the break
- Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk’s goals saw the Reds hit 39 goals in 13 games
- It is the first time they’ve netted at three-goals-a-game at this stage of the term
Jurgen Klopp has put Liverpool’s record scoring form down to a prolonged pre-season for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane – and the extra ingredient provided by Diogo Jota.
Liverpool have hit 39 goals in 13 games, the first time they’ve netted at three-goals-a-game at this stage of the season in their history – with Jota filling the void left by an injury to Roberto Firmino
‘He (Jota) can play all the forward positions,’ said Klopp after the Portuguese forward netted the first two in a 4-0 romp against Southampton.
Diogo Jota struck twice in Liverpool’s 4-0 mauling on Southampton in the Premier League
‘He made the right decision (to sign). When you talk to a player and they ask where they will play, I say you decide that with our performances. It is not like the line-up is set in stone.
‘It is about making 35 really good games rather that getting through a season and somehow playing 50 games. You need more than 11 players in a squad and more than three strikers and Diogo was smart enough to see that.’
After last season’s problems when Liverpool were ravaged by injuries and needed a late run to qualify for the Champions League, the rhythm is back at Anfield.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (above) claimed the Portuguese forward was smart for signing
‘We knew we lacked stability last season. We had no centre-halves for a while and to find solutions. So it wasn’t a shock we couldn’t find the solidity we have now where everyone knows exactly what he has to do.
‘This year we had a proper pre-season and especially up front with Sadio and Mo they had the longest pre-season they had for ages and that was helpful and found the stability back.’
But even with a third successive clean sheet, the Liverpool boss is looking for better. ‘I was not happy with the chances we conceded today,’ he admitted.
Klopp credited Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane’s (right) pre-season for the Reds’ form
‘I have no problem Ali (Alisson) makes saves but they were too spectacular, to have one-on-one with the goalie twice should not happen. We have to work to be as stable, serious, ruthless defensively and that gives us platform to score and create. I
‘It will not be forever like this that we always score two or more.’
Klopp also confirmed talks were ongoing with the Egyptian and Senegal FAs to see if Salah and Mane will be able to play in a key Premier League game against Chelsea on January 2 before meeting up with their countries for the African Cup of Nations.