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Klopp says Salah ‘will never stop’ scoring after brace against Everton

LIVERPOOL manager Juergen Klopp praised Mohamed Salah after he netted twice in their 2-0 Merseyside derby victory over 10-man Everton, saying the team’s talisman has the ability to score even on less-than-perfect days.

Salah broke the deadlock with a 75th-minute penalty and then scored again deep in extra time for a remarkable 13th consecutive game at Anfield with either a goal or an assist.

“What I love most about Mo, well of course Mo Salah’s numbers, but what I love the most is that I think Mo Salah has played an incredible amount of fantastic games – today was not his best game.

“We need somebody who brings the ball over the line. And he was that again. I couldn’t respect that type more. And it’s absolutely outstanding, his numbers are crazy. He will never stop. That’s his nature. And that’s really cool for us.”

Klopp breathed a sigh of relief when centre-back Ibrahima Konate escaped a second booking when he brought down Everton striker Beto and a seething Everton manager Sean Dyche thought the home side should have gone down to 10 men.

“Ibrahima could have gone, yes,” Klopp said. “When he didn’t get the second yellow I thought okay, we don’t give it a chance and take him off.”

Everton were not so lucky, losing Ashley Young to a red card in the first half for two bookings, but it still took until the 75th minute for Salah to break the deadlock.

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“What was really important today is that we didn’t get frustrated in the second half with the fact that we didn’t score already,” Klopp said. “And I thought we did that really well.”

The victory was Liverpool’s first in three Premier League matches after they lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur and drew 2-2 with Brighton & Hove Albion before the international break.

By LORI EWING

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