As Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool to keep performing and Mo Salah continues to lead the Premier League in goals, Salah is considered by many the best player in England’s top flight. The Egyptian winger has 19 goals and 10 assists in 21 league appearances this season and is seemingly unstoppable at times. That has been music to Anfield fans’ ears after an extended losing streak.
Among those who have taken note of Salah’s talents is Aitor Karanka, head coach of West Ham. Klopp – a former player at West Ham – knows the Spaniard well and Karanka admits he is delighted with the performances of his star player. Karanka sees the motivation of his players making a difference and insists Salah’s performances are partly based on that.
“Salah is always there. To play football, you need to run. I have always said that with Salah you can make small things a big thing,” Karanka said after West Ham’s defeat of Southampton on Saturday.
Asked how high he rated Salah, Karanka said: “Sometimes he is doing incredible things. He is a very good player, unbelievable. But Salah has three other big players in his team. If we can find the little bit of perfection that other teams have, we’ll be alright.
“I don’t know what Salah does in training – some people find that very difficult to accept, but I would never criticise somebody for doing what they want in training.”
Salah scored on his return to Liverpool against Everton on Saturday after illness. But Karanka said: “Liverpool has a lot of players who can do good things and when they don’t they need those players.”