Tuesday April 24 2018
Klopp: ‘Made a pact with Salah’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reveals he spoke to Mohamed Salah for three hours before signing him from Roma - “at the end we had a deal”.

The Egyptian forward joined the Reds for €42m last summer, and has scored 41 goals this season playing in a more central role.

“Mo did very well at Roma but they have Edin Dzeko who is an outstanding striker,” Klopp explained to the Guardian.

“So it was their tactics to sometimes play him wide. Now, a year older, he came to us full of confidence.

“He scored in the first game but missed two big chances. So, unbelievably, he could have scored much more.

“We have learned about him step by step because he plays constantly in the same position. This season is more about interpretation and because Bobby Firmino is a workhorse he really gives Mo space.

“I’ve had many talks with Mo and he sees what the others do for him.

“I always meet the player before we sign. That’s when I decide, because I have a good feeling for people. It was a fantastic talk.

“He’s open, smiling all the time. He has crazy curls but he’s a really nice boy. He also looked much more mature than it says on his passport.

“We talked for three hours about everything from his family to my family and at the end we had a deal to work together.

“I like to remind players from time to time of that agreement. It’s working really well with Mo.”

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