Mohamed Salah made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt on Friday when the Reds took on Wigan, scoring the club’s only goal in a 1-1 draw. 

Jürgen Klopp has hailed the impressive impact had by Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Wigan on Friday night.

The Egyptian started the Red’s second pre-season friendly of the summer, coming close in the first minute before scoring his side’s only goal just before half time when teed up unselfishly by Roberto Firmino.

The Red’s attacking trio of Coutinho, Firmino and Salah, looked potent during the first half and had Firmino exhibited a higher level of sharpness, they could’ve been responsible for a lot more than one goal.

Nonetheless, Klopp was quick to praise his attackers’ enthusiasm and work rates, warning that there would be a lot more to come as they continue to understand each other’s game better.

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“Salah had no idea how to defend normally, usually because he was not involved. He had two days of training, then Paris, then back here so we thought we should use him,” said Klopp.


“He is really used to a completely different way of defending. First situation (nearly scoring after 41 seconds) was a nice sprint, the goal was the easiest situation in the game, but they had a few wonderful pieces of football.”

Klopp praised the entire midfield and attack that he selected in the first half but admitted he is hoping for more when the Reds travel to Hong Kong in the coming weeks.

“Roberto, Phil, Adam. Gini as a no.6 was good and Ben was on a good way.  That was good but it is not where they can be, it was just a sign but that’s important.”

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Finally, Klopp responded to the rumours that Lucas Leiva is set to leave the club this summer by giving away as little as he possibly could, refusing to be drawn on speculation.

“I am not 100% sure because I’m not sure how it is at the moment but I think for Lucas and his outstanding, fantastic time at Liverpool, we should talk about facts and not rumours.

“We have to wait, I’m not sure. Maybe something, maybe not, like last year and half a year ago.”

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