Jurgen Klopp says everyone at Liverpool felt for Mohamed Salah when he fell short of the Golden Boot last season. The Egyptian nearly achieved the impossible.
Mohamed Salah was sensational last season. It went a little under the radar how good he was, in fact, as it appears at first that he’s been doing it for a while.
Salah scored 31 goals in all competition, with another seven in assists. He was far and away Liverpool’s strongest attacker and that was particularly important last season.
Because Liverpool last season were not the Liverpool that ran away with the title the previous campaign. They were a disjointed mess at times, with Jurgen Klopp desperately trying to build functional teams from limited options.
But through it all, Salah scored goals for fun and kept Liverpool competitive as everything collapsed around him. The fact he fell just one short of the Golden Boot was extraordinary.
And Liverpool as a whole recognised this, is seems. Klopp admits the dressing room was ‘gutted’ that Salah didn’t win the Golden Boot in the end.
Klopp on Salah & the Golden Boot
“We appreciate him so much you cannot believe,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com. “I remember on the final day of last season when he just missed out on the Golden Boot.
“Our dressing room was so gutted for him because of all he’d done for us during a really tough season to keep us in the race.
“He really is an inspirational figure and as a club, we have benefited so much from his hunger for goals. And that’s not to forget all his assists.”
We were gutted, too. Liverpool finished third last season but wouldn’t have got anywhere near that without Salah’s incredible form over the season. We’re not sure they’d have even made the Europa League.
He’s truly an incredible player and one Liverpool are fortunate to call their own. Salah may not have won a third Golden Boot last season but he certainly added even more to his incredibly Anfield legacy.