Jurgen Klopp says it is “unbelievable” that Mohamed Salah is approaching his 150th competitive appearance for Liverpool.
Salah signed for the Reds in June 2017 and has since boasted an outstanding goal contribution record.
The Egypt international reached 70 Premier League goals for Liverpool in March, doing so faster than Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres.
That feat came on his 100th Premier League appearance for the Reds. Fast forward almost three seasons Salah will make it 150 games up for the club in Wednesday’s clash with Arsenal.
In his pre-match press conference, Klopp was reminded that Salah made his first Liverpool appearance three years ago on Tuesday. The winger played 45 minutes of a pre-season clash with Wigan, marking his debut with a goal.
Klopp said of Salah’s impending milestone: “First of all, that means he played 50 games a year – each season 50 games and still counting.
“So, that’s unbelievable, a big number and obviously we were lucky that he could play all these games.”
Salah has since formed a deadly triumvirate with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. The pair reached a combined 250 goals for the Reds in last week’s 3-1 defeat of Brighton.
“The idea was clear how we wanted to play with the boys up front there, but it worked out in a manner which we couldn’t have expected,” Klopp said.
“Obviously they’ve scored now 250 goals – an incredible number. So it was a very good day for Liverpool [when Salah signed] and a very good day also for Mo because it fits really well.
“You cannot change the world alone but together, with the right people around you, you have a better chance to do it.”
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Elsewhere in his press conference, Klopp confirmed that James Milner should be back for next Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea.
“My last information from yesterday is Millie is pretty safe for the Chelsea game,” he said. “Nobody told me he would be available tomorrow and he didn’t train yesterday.
“But he will be fine for Chelsea, I’m pretty sure.”
Klopp also backed Arsenal to become “proper challengers” under boss Mikel Arteta.
“Mikel is part of this very exciting, new coaching generation. Really exciting to watch, you can see the ideas behind it. That’s good and influenced by Pep Guardiola,” he added.
“Arsenal have a really exciting squad, they have more experienced offensive players who have massive quality and then, coming up, a lot of really really good ones.”