Steven Gerrard reveals what Jurgen Klopp said to Mohamed Salah last summer

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It's fair to say not many people expected Mohamed Salah to hit 30 goals in his debut season with Liverpool, let alone by the beginning of March.

The Egyptian forward has been relentless for the Reds and he scored his 32nd goal of the season with the second goal against Newcastle in a 2-0 win last Saturday.

That result pushed Liverpool up to second in the league with Manchester United yet to play Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Salah, 25, had never scored over 20 goals in one season prior to arriving at Anfield and while Liverpool's defence needed addressing last summer, Klopp opted to spend big on the former Chelsea man.

It's a gamble - a £35 million gamble - that has paid off handsomely for Klopp, but the German saw something in Salah that considerably reduced the risk.

Speaking to the Liverpool website, club legend Steven Gerrard revealed what Klopp said to Salah when he arrived in the summer.

“In my younger days I’d be running round everywhere on the pitch trying to impress," he said, via the Mirror.

"But as I got a bit older I started getting a bit more selfish, making runs centrally.


“If the ball went out wide, I'd always attack areas where you can get goals. That’s where my numbers as a midfielder grew. And that’s what Jurgen has done to him (Salah).

“When Jurgen signed him he has said to him, ‘I don’t want you stuck out wide on the wings creating for other people, I want you to be the main man. You’re going to be the top scorer in this team, so attack the sticks and attack central areas.’”

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The results have been clear for all to see and if Manchester City weren't running rampant in the Premier League, Liverpool would easily be the most dangerous side in England.

Klopp's vision has enabled that to happen, but can he use that vision to influence all areas of the team? If so, Liverpool could be a genuine challenger to City for years to come. After all, they're the only Premier League side to beat Pep Guardiola's men this season.

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