Liverpool boss Klopp frustrated after Salah jets off to London

Jurgen Klopp today hinted at being frustrated with his Liverpool players having to accept awards before the season had finished.

Leading goalscorer Mohamed Salah scooped the player of the season and players’ player of the season awards at last night’s ceremony at Anfield.

Salah, who has scored 43 goals in all competitions for the Reds this term, has already claimed the Football Writers’ Association and Professional Footballers’ Association prizes.

Salah then flew from Liverpool to London to receive his Football Writers’ Association award at the Landmark Hotel and Klopp revealed that the timing was not ideal with a crucial Premier League game with Brighton on the horizon.

“I think he deserved all of the awards he got,” said Klopp at Melwood today. “I am not in the mood to praise anyone for the last few months.

“Everything he has done has been fantastic. But it is all about Sunday.

“To bring the boy to London, to celebrate and party but we are not ready to party. The journalists should have come here.

“The season has ended for most of the teams in the league. For them it is a nice time but for us it is time to work.

“Problems are always problems if they are a surprise, bu it was planned. It’s not perfect and as a manager I would prefer him to go home and relax on the sofa or go to bed early. He was in bed early though.

“It is nice to win awards, but it is a group. You want to be with your team-mates.

“He (Salah) is pretty cool in managing these requests and questions.”

Speaking about the Anfield clash to Brighton, in which they need just a point to secure a top-four place, Klopp added: “We need to be completely focused.

“We had our awards and a lot of people wished me luck for the 26th. Only a couple of people wished me luck for Sunday.

“That is the next challenge, the only challenge.  There are a lot of moments to praise us for but our focus is on Sunday.

“A lot of things can happen but we will try everything to make the Champions League.”


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