Jurgen Klopp has hailed Mohamed Salah‘s “exceptional achievement” of notching 50 Premier League goals after his latest brace against Crystal Palace.
Since his arrival on Merseyside in 2017, Salah has dominated scoreboards up and down the country, and his prowess in front of goal reached another milestone on Saturday.
Palace’s visit to Anfield signalled the Reds’ 19th league win of the campaign in dramatic fashion, and it also brought up Salah’s 50th goal of his Premier League career.
It is a return which arrives after just 72 games, the fourth-quickest in history, behind only Andy Cole (65), Alan Shearer (66) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (68).
Two of those came as a member of Chelsea‘s 2013/14 squad, but 48 have rustled the back of the net as a Red and his latest two against the Eagles were pivotal in mounting a successful comeback.
The Egyptian has earned praise from around the footballing world as his star shows no signs of stopping, and Klopp was no different as he lauded Salah’s “outstanding” tally in his post-match press conference.
“It’s an exceptional achievement from a world class player, that’s how it is,” he told reporters.
“I think he’s made a few steps in the last couple of months in the right direction.
“Wow. It’s an outstanding number. I heard the names of the other players who have done it a little bit quicker; Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Andy Cole—good strikers as well!
“Maybe he would have scored more and earlier if I wouldn’t have played him that often on the right wing, so my fault.
“But no, not bad, and it’s helped us a lot and the boys know that.
“It’s a typical win-win situation. He benefits off the style of play with the other boys and the boys benefit, of course, from his scoring desire so that’s cool.”
Salah’s double against Palace brought his tally to 16 in the league this season, and 19 across all competitions—a return which undoubtedly proves he is no one-season wonder, as some outside the club suggested.