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Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Says Mohamed Salah is "Under-Appreciated" as Doubts Continue Over Egyptian's Future

Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah is "under-appreciated" at Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah is "under-appreciated" at Liverpool / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp has claimed Mohamed Salah is "under-appreciated" and compared the Liverpool star's development to that of Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski.

The Egyptian took his goal tally for the season to 30 after scoring a brace in the 4-2 win over Manchester United on Thursday night. He has scored 21 goals in the Premier League so far and is in line to pick up his third Golden Boot award in four years.

Despite his contribution, Salah was left out of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher's Team of the Year on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football this week. When asked if he was surprised by his star's omission, Klopp agreed, but said the 30-goal frontman is not undervalued at Anfield.

"Yes [I am surprised], of course, but it is about the team and about 11 players, it's a normal thing," Klopp said. "They all know what they did and all these kinds of things. They have to make a decision of course and Mo has had an exceptional season.

"Especially if we would have played or could have played on a more consistent level, then his numbers would be different and even better. I cannot have any influence over that [Team of the Year decision]. Is he sometimes underappreciated? I would say yes, but that is the world not to change.

"Other people make decisions about that and I am not sure it is the most important thing but does he deserve [to be included]? Yes. But I have no idea who is in that Team of the Year, so I don't really say a lot about it. Let me say it like this: two players, there’s Robert Lewandowski, who I signed for a different amount of money years ago – well, not years ago, but it feels like – who had an incredible development from a different level, but an incredible development.

“With Mo, [to go] from the guy who scores from time to time and is a really good football player to this goalscoring machine is a massive development. He is an outstanding signing, but for sure the way he developed, the way he treats himself, the game preparation, the training preparation, training attitude and all these kind of things, that’s exceptional. That’s a real role model and he deserves all that, absolutely.”