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Exclusive Jürgen Klopp interview: Luis Diaz's special long-range threat and Mohamed Salah's development ahead of Man United trip | Football News

Mohammed Salah is back from summer vacation with new tricks.

“I think he found his right foot on vacation,” said Jürgen Klopp. sky sports big before liverpool monday night football Clash at Manchester United.

“He’s growing all the time. It’s really crazy. I know he arrived a few years ago. Usually when players come from the outside to the inside, they use the inside of their foot to spin the ball. , suddenly he went full throttle – Chelsea’ goal is pretty remarkable.

“This year he arrived with a cross on his right foot.”

Salah may be famous for his amazing scoring stats, but he always had the ability to create chances for others.

Following the 2021/22 season, the Egyptian posted a career-best assist tally, scoring eight chances as Liverpool drew with Crystal Palace.

Salah is a Liverpool superstar. However, his improved creativity reflects his willingness to keep improving.

“He’s clearly a top pro and trying to add something to his game,” said Klopp. “He was a top, top, top striker and the numbers he had were big, not only in terms of goals but also in terms of assists.”

Manchester United will be particularly wary of what Salah comes up with at Old Trafford.

Last season’s Golden Boot winner opened an account for this campaign with a late equalizer at Fulham. After scoring his five goals against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last season, he hopes to score a total of nine against Liverpool’s biggest rivals.

One more thing, he would be the outright top scorer in this standout fixture.

“I’m sure he knows that,” Klopp smiles.

“I didn’t know that, but I’m sure Mo knows that. Very good news!”

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Despite all Salah’s efforts, it was a spectacular second-half goal from Luis Diaz that gave Liverpool a 10-man win against Palace on Monday.

The Colombian got off to a running start after arriving at the end of the January transfer window, and this season also got off to a quick start.

This quick adaptation isn’t always the case for players entering the Premier League, but Klopp relies on Diaz’s quality for a seamless transition to England’s top flight.

“Two boys were in the Africa Cup of Nations and he had to play right away, which helped calm him down,” said Klopp.

“It gave him confidence right away. It’s his quality, his talent, his skill set. He’s a really good player. becomes easier

“He has something special. He can score from outside the box. This is very important for a striker. He is very important for us.”

Luis Diaz has been one of Liverpool's top performers since arriving from Porto.
Luis Diaz has been one of Liverpool’s top performers since arriving from Porto.

Klopp’s mention of Diaz as a striker is interesting, with Liverpool’s £85million frontman Darwin Nunez against Man United after the Uruguayan was red-carded on his debut at Anfield. Especially when you consider what you have to do without.

With Diogo Jota also sidelined by injury, Roberto Firmino could be fit and back in the squad again, but his suspension will leave Salah and Diaz responsible for playing in front of goal.

There are also defensive and midfield selection issues.

Given injuries and suspensions affecting Klopp’s lineup options, the Liverpool boss is not taking it for granted before his journey down the M62.

He didn’t get into the discussion of last season’s 5-0 victory that put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the brink and embarrassed his side. His shock 4-0 loss to Erik ten Hag’s side at Brentford last season makes it difficult to predict how the Dutchman will approach the competition. he says.

“I don’t think about things like this,” he said of his victory last October.

“Life is not easy when we get there now. It’s already a very, very, very important match – as if it wasn’t important enough before – for United and for us alike. , we are not overjoyed about our start.

“When you do [pre-game] Analysis is trying to understand what your opponent might do. We played with them in preseason and saw them play twice. But I don’t know how much he will change. I also don’t know if he will change his approach.

“But early in the season, it’s always like this. You never know. For example, last week Crystal Palace played five backs before, now they’re playing five backs against us. .interesting!

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“I don’t know. We have to prepare almost everything. But 100% it’s going to be a very intense match and we have to. You need good officials and things like this to keep things normal. It’s early, but it’s already really important.

“We give our players all the information they need, but in the end it’s all about what they bring to the pitch. In every media, everywhere, everyone is talking about United’s results last year. But I think last year they won’t help next year.

“We know what is at stake and are confident we are ready.”

Manchester United’s approach may be difficult to predict, but with Salah and Diaz’s own unpredictability, that element of surprise led to another victory on enemy territory and kick-started Liverpool’s season. It may cause

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