Salah’s feat astonishes Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has indicated that he will do everything he can to ensure Liverpool's Mohamed Salah wins the Golden Boot this season.

The Egypt international scored in Saturday's 3-0 win against Bournemouth to bring his goal tally in all competitions this season up to an incredible 40.

Salah moved to Anfield from Serie A side Roma last summer and now has 30 Premier League goals to his name – five more than Tottenham's Harry Kane, who failed to get on the scoresheet in his side's 3-1 home loss to Manchester City.

Klopp said of Salah reaching 40 goals: "It's good, impressive. What a number, wow. And what a number of goals we have scored as a team, around 100 as a team, I don't know, didn't count.

"A completely normal boy in that situation wants to be top of the scoring list, Golden Boot, it's completely normal, we will not be in his way.

"He knows that the way we play suits him. You can see that the boys are looking and searching for him a little bit too much. It's like 'give it to him', so we have to mix it up a little bit. He is the threat, but the ball is here, but it's all good.

"As a striker, you have to make decisions, if you score, everybody loves you, if you don't score then, hmm… then people start discussing, so it's all fine."

Salah is 1/8 to be the Premier League's leading goalscorer this season, while Kane is available at 5/1.

Positivity key warns Van Dijk

Liverpool record signing Virgil van Dijk says his side will not sit back and try and protect their three-goal lead against Manchester City on Tuesday evening.

The Reds hold a major advantage heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Etihad Stadium, but Van Dijk expects head coach Jurgen Klopp to send his players out with a positive mindset nonetheless.

The Dutch defender told reporters: "It is pretty clear that defending a 3-0 lead is going to be a bit of a strange situation. We need to come here with the mindset it is still 0-0 and we want to win the game.

"We know we are capable of scoring goals, we know as a team we can defend pretty well, but the main thing is we definitely need to keep the mindset of winning the game instead of defending a lead.

"We are not going to think we are going to concede early. That is not the mindset we want going into the game.

"We are full of confidence, but we know it is going to be a different game. They need to (attack) and we need to be prepared for everything.

"As a team we feel like we are in a great moment and we can make it difficult for any team in the world, but we need to show it."

The Reds will be without captain Jordan Henderson as he serves a one-match suspension, but hope to have leading scorer Mohamed Salah available after he limped out of the first leg with a groin problem.

Liverpool are priced at 1/7 to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals, with a draw after 90 minutes on Tuesday available at 17/4, while the Citizens are 17/2 to claim a 2-0 win in normal time.

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Klopp hopeful on injured trio

Jurgen Klopp has indicated that Mo Salah, Andy Robertson and Alberto Moreno could all play in Tuesday's Champions League clash at Manchester City.

The trio missed Saturday's goalless draw at Everton but none of their injuries are believed to be serious and they could all feature in the quarter-final second leg encounter, which Liverpool are 16/1 to win 2-1.

Salah had been a particular concern as he had scored the opening goal in last week's first leg at Anfield before appearing to pick up a groin problem.

However, the Egypt international appears to have shaken off the injury, although Klopp will be without the suspended Jordan Henderson for Tuesday's match.

Liverpool are in a strong position after winning the first leg 3-0 but Klopp is refusing to take qualification for the semi-finals for granted.

The German said: "I don't know at the moment 100 per cent [who is fit enough to play on Tuesday], but I am quite hopeful that we will have a bigger squad than we had at Everton.

"With Mo, Robbo and Alberto, we have to wait a little bit but of course [we have] big hope they will be back.

"It is common sense to say if you play in the Champions League [knockout] stage against the winners of the Premier League, that you are not the favourite. That's what we were last week.

"For me, the whole game is about these two legs, so I am not interested in what changed. How it always is in football, you have to go into the lead, you want to score goals, and in the end the final whistle will decide who has won the game."

Liverpool can be backed at 9/1 to keep a clean sheet in the second leg while they are available at 11/2 to win the Champions League outright this season.

Klopp satisfied with derby point

Jurgen Klopp said he was happy with another clean sheet as his Liverpool team drew 0-0 away at neighbours Everton.

With the derby game sandwiched between the two Champions League ties against Manchester City, he made five changes from the side that beat City 3-0 at Anfield in midweek.

Top scorer Mo Salah was missing from the 18 and, after the excitement of beating Pep Guardiola's side, this was a game lacking in drama with the home side having the better chances, eepecially towards the end.

However, for Klopp it was a point gained and he was satisfied to get away from Goodison Park with honours even.

He told the BBC: "A point is OK. Everton were always ready to fight but we didn't give them the opportunity until the late stages, we stopped playing football and were a bit lucky. But that is what we have to take. I think it's an absolutely deserved draw.

"For 75 minutes we were completely in charge. I am absolutely OK, it's not the best day in my life but let's carry on. Now we have to focus immediately and be ready again on Tuesday, let's fight for the next round."

The result means that Liverpool missed the chance to go above Manchester United into second in the table but they are secure in the top four with an 11-point lead over fifth placed Chelsea, though the Blues do have two games in hand.

Everton meanwhile stay ninth and the result means they have now gone 15 league derbies without beating their great rivals.

Klopp, again with Manchester City in mind, substituted James Milner and Sadio Mane to keep them fresh for Tuesday night.

Liverpool are 7/4 to reach the Champions League final and are 11/2 to win the trophy.

An English winner of the Champions League is priced at 4/1.

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Klopp ponders Salah involvement

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Mohamed Salah has an outside chance of featuring in the Merseyside derby clash with Everton.

The 25-year-old Egypt international forward limped off early on in the second half of the 3-0 midweek Champions League win over Manchester City, with a groin problem appearing to curtail his involvement.

However, the problem would seem not to be anything too serious, with Klopp having not ruled Salah out of the showdown with the Toffees at Goodison Park at lunchtime on Saturday.

Klopp told his pre-match press conference: "I don't think it makes sense to talk here about what we do with the boys in rehab, but, of course, you can imagine we have tried everything to make him available.

"There are still 24 hours to go pretty much until we start, so let's see what happens."

Salah has enjoyed a stellar first season at Anfield following his £34million move from AS Roma, having already scored 38 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.

Twenty-nine of those strikes have come in the Premier League, with Salah currently five goals ahead of Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane in the race to be leading scorer in the division this season.

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero, with 21, is the only other player to have surpassed the 20-goal mark in the English top-flight.

Salah can currently be backed at 1/8 to be Premier League topscorer come the end of the season, with Kane priced at 6/1 and Aguero 25/1.

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Reds wait on Salah verdict

Liverpool are sweating on an injury sustained by Mohamed Salah in their superb 3-0 win over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Salah opened the scoring at Anfield on Wednesday evening, but was forced to leave the field early in the second half with what appeared to be a groin problem.

The severity of the injury is a major concern for the Reds – who are 11/2 to win the Champions League – with the second leg against the Citizens taking place next Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.

Head coach Jurgen Klopp told reporters after another stunning performance under the lights at Anfield: "He came to the sideline and said he feels sometimes something; for me, that was enough for me to not even ask the doc how he was, we immediately took him off the pitch.

"After the game I asked him and he said 'I will be good, it will be fine'. But now we have to wait for the real diagnosis, not Mo's self-diagnosis. We will see, I don't know at the moment."

Meanwhile, Klopp warned his players not to think that the tie is already over, with the Merseysiders also deprived of the services of Jordan Henderson for the return leg, with the Reds skipper missing out due to suspension.

He added: "I never expected a perfect performance, I only expected us to be a real challenger and we were a real challenger.

"Now we are 3-0 up, that’s better than being 3-0 down, 100 per cent, but it's not a decision. Everybody knows that.

"We go to Manchester City and they want to strike back; they didn't play badly, they only didn't create the usual number of chances they do normally because we defended in a lot of moments outstandingly good.

"Because of our quality, it's 3-0 instead of 1-0, but, it's half-time not more."

Liverpool are priced at 18/5 to claim a draw at the Etihad Stadium, with the hosts 7/1 to win the game 2-1 and 17/2 to claim a 2-0 victory.

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Klopp plans to go on the attack

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side's attacking approach will worry Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final tie.

The Reds are the only team to have beaten Pep Guardiola's side in the Premier League this season and Klopp is keen to play in a similar style in the first leg on Wednesday.

"The way we attack the opponent, the way we defend high is unpleasant (for our opponents). If we do that well they will have some difficulty coping with it," said the German.

"It will be very exciting. There's no guarantee this will work. In the end it's the lads on the pitch who will decide the game."

Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all scored in January when Liverpool held on to beat City 4-3 and Klopp believes the attacking trio will be key to Wednesday's encounter.

He added: "It will be about doing more things right than the opponents, because you can't simply defend against City and hope that they won't score on the day. They're just too good."

Klopp and Guardiola locked horns in the Bundesliga when they were the managers of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, 4/1 to win the Champions League this season.

Klopp said of his rivalry with the City boss: "Pep has always had better teams than me. You can see that now with Manchester City – they have a lot more points than we do. However, that difference has never been as small as it is now. When we coached at Bayern and Dortmund respectively, that difference was really big."

Liverpool are 2/1 to win the first leg while a 1-1 draw can be backed at 11/2. Salah is 6/5 to score at any time in the match.

Lallana injury a worry for Klopp

Head coach Jurgen Klopp is fearful that Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has suffered a serious setback, having only recently returned to action following long-term injury.

The 29-year-old England international has been restricted to a single Premier League start so far this season and he was again used as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

However, Lallana last less than five minutes at Selhurst Park before being forced from the field and was later spotted leaving the ground on crutches.

And, while waiting for an exact prognosis, Klopp is clearly concerned that the hamstring injury sustained could mean more time on the sidelines and put Lallana in doubt for a World Cup spot this summer.

He told the club's official website: "I haven't spoken with him, but I saw him. It's absolutely bad.

"We don't know exactly what he has, but in the first moment and then I saw him going down it looked really serious, to be honest.

"It looks like something with the muscle (hamstring), we couldn't make any further assessment so far, of course, but we will do that as quick as possible.

"Maybe one of the biggest achievements of the team is that they could play a season so far like they played without Adam Lallana – I never would have thought it was possible.

"So we are all desperately waiting for him and now coming step-by-step back and now; it's a big, big blow for us."

Liverpool are back in action on Wednesday evening, when they play host to Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The Reds are 19/10 to win the game at Anfield and are 14/1 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline, with Liverpool 2/1 to go on and qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.

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Salah secures Reds win

Mohamed Salah yet again proved the difference as Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Crystal Palace.

Luka Milivojevic converted from the penalty spot early in the first half to give Palace the lead after goalkeeper Loris Karius took out Wilfried Zaha.

Sadio Mane, fortunate not to have been red-carded by that stage, turned in James Milner's cross shortly after the break to level matters.

It was the home side that engineered most after that, with former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke passing up to presentable chances.

They were made to rue those six minutes from the end when Salah showed superb composure inside the box to cushion Andy Robertson's pass into space with his left foot and finish with his right past Wayne Hennessy.

It was Salah's 29th Premier League goal of the season – equalling the league record of scoring in 21 matches in a 38-game season with six games to spare.

The win was a timely boost for Liverpool, they host Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

The Reds are 19/10 to win that game, with City priced at 7/5 and the draw 12/5.

Liverpool beat Man City 4-3 in the league at Anfield in January, with a repeat of that scoreline priced at 80/1.

Jurgen Klopp admitted that he wasn't surprised by his team having to scrap for three points at Selhurst Park.

"It is usual for us that we need to fight here, especially after a difficult start, but it makes it more special at the end. The win was deserved," said the Liverpool boss.

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Reds must recruit top stopper

Liverpool must find themselves a recognised No.1 goalkeeper this summer according to former Anfield defender Steve Nicol.

Jurgen Klopp has alternated between Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet during his time on Merseyside.

Mignolet began the season as first-choice, but the Belgian hasn't featured since a 2-1 win at Burnley on New Year's Day.

Karius seems to have established his position as number one choice for now and he has conceded ten goals, with six clean sheets, in 12 Premier League appearances this season.

Mignolet meanwhile has conceded 24 goals with seven clean sheets in 19 league appearances.

Nicol won four league titles and one European Cup at Liverpool and the pundit says Karius is top dog now but Mignolet must be moved on.

"I think Liverpool should go and see if they can either get a No. 1 or have somebody who's on a level with Karius because Mignolet isn't," Nicol said.

"He is clearly the No. 2, and I think what Mignolet's doing is waiting to see if he can get a game in the World Cup.

"[Thibaut] Courtois has had a couple little injury nicks recently, and a good World Cup will mean Mignolet is in the shop window and he could get himself a good move."

While the signing of Virgil van Dijk has helped to improve Liverpool's defensive fortunes, Nicol still feels they'll need to fork out on a genuine top-drawer goalkeeper.

"Liverpool's problems were always the defensive unit – and by that, more importantly, the centre-back position and the goalkeeper," Nicol said.

"They've certainly made a difference signing Van Dijk at that centre-back position, and Karius, as good as a last couple of months as he's had, are we really 100 per-cent relying on him? I'm not ready for that yet. That means Liverpool, in my opinion, have to go out and get a recognised No. 1."

Liverpool are 4/9 to win at Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Reds are 11/8 to keep a clean sheet at Selhurst Park and 11/1 to win 3-0.

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