LONDON, July 28, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has slammed Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for his foul on Mohamed Salah in May's Champions League final, saying the Spanish defender brought down the forward like a wrestler.
Salah had a remarkable first season with Liverpool, scoring 44 goals in all competitions and helped the club reach the Champions League final against the Spanish giants.
The Egyptian talisman went down under a challenge from Ramos inside the first half an hour of the match and suffered shoulder ligament damage which forced him off the pitch.
“We are opening that bottle again?” Klopp asked in a news conference ahead of Liverpool's International Champions Cup game against Manchester United at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
“It is action-reaction-action-reaction and I don't like that but - if you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid - then you think it is ruthless and brutal.
“I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup and nobody really thinks about that later. But in a situation like that somebody needs to judge it better.
“If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card but to look again and say: 'What is that?' It was ruthless.”
Salah left the pitch in tears in Kiev with huge questions hanging over his participation at the World Cup in Russia.
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who it later emerged had suffered a concussion during the match, made couple of blunders to concede two goals against Madrid who won 3-1.
Karius clashed with Ramos early in the second half and was seen holding the side of his head after the collision, which came before he made the mistakes that led to the goals.
Ramos later brushed off allegations that he had deliberately injured Salah, saying he was being unfairly painted as a pantomime villain.
“I'm not sure it is an experience we will have again ― go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goalscorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game. That was the story of the game,” Klopp said.
“Ramos said a lot of things afterwards that I didn't like. As a person I didn't like the reactions of him. He was like: 'Whatever, what do they want? It's normal'.
“No, it is not normal. If you put all of the situations of Ramos together then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos ... It is like we, the world out there, accepts that you use each weapon to win the game. People probably expect that I am the same. I am not.”
MICHIGAN, July 27, 2018 (News Wires) - James Milner believes Mohamed Salah can better the phenomenal impact he had at Liverpool last season but says his teammates must ease the pressure on the Egypt international by sharing responsibility for goals.
Salah needed only one minute to announce his return to the Liverpool team in the early hours of Thursday when equalising against Manchester City in the International Champions Cup game in New Jersey, which ended 2-1 to Liverpool.
The 61st?minute introduction of the forward turned the friendly significantly in favour of Liverpool, who had previously looked sluggish against a youthful City side.
Salah, on his first Liverpool outing since the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid, also struck the bar, created several chances and was involved in the stoppage?time penalty that enabled Sadio Mané to seal victory.
Salah scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, including 32 goals in 36 Premier League games, a record in a 38-match season. Milner fully expects the forward to demonstrate he is one of the finest players in the world next season but says the onus is on the Liverpool team to improve in tandem.
“The best players in the world aren’t known because they just did it in one season, they do it over and over again,” Milner said.
“He is more than capable of doing that. There is pressure when you have had one good year to deliver again but he is a top player. He’s shown that. He’s going to keep on improving. We need to keep improving as a side with him as well, and make sure that all the pressure is not on his shoulders to deliver goals and get us out of tough situations. It’s down to all of us to help him be the best player he can and do that as part of a team.”
Liverpool have spent more than £170m on new players this summer but securing Salah on a new five-year contract worth around £200,000 a week, without a release clause, was arguably the club’s most important piece of business.
Milner agrees, saying: “Yes, but I was never worried personally. There’s always going to be stories when players do well. You saw how well he played last season, improving, and he seems happy. So I don’t see any reason why he’d want to go.
“The speculation [over Real Madrid’s interest in Salah] is what happens when you have good players. That’s a positive thing for us that when there’s speculation about your players it means they are playing well and performing, and he obviously has. You’ve seen what him and Sadio have brought to the team when they’ve come on against City.”
Jürgen Klopp’s squad travelled from New Jersey to Michigan on Thursday before their final ICC fixture against Manchester United in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
NEW JERSEY, July 26, 2018 (News Wires) - Mohamed Salah’s quest to be the best begins on Wednesday, far away from Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, several time zones removed from Europe – where he will hope to take the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League by storm for a second straight year.
During Egypt’s World Cup campaign, the 26-year-old forward spoke quietly one afternoon of “wanting to improve and hoping to improve” which, when you are Mohamed Salah means only one thing.
Becoming the best player on the planet.
This week, he was shortlisted by FIFA for that very title, although his injury-affected struggles in Russia last month probably jettisoned his chances of winning the FIFA player of the year award this year.
However, the fact remains that coming out of the last club season, Salah was, by common consensus, no worse than the third-best player in the world, perhaps behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but not by much.
“Improvement,” means overtaking that illustrious but no longer infallible duo, who have shared the tag of world’s finest player for the past decade.
“That is the sort of company he is in now,” former Liverpool forward Ian Rush told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “Ronaldo, Messi and Salah. On his performances, he is on a par with them. Every time you see him play you feel like he is going to score. He must feel that himself. Imagine what the defenders must feel like.”
After injuring his shoulder in an ugly collision with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final in May, then willing his way to two appearances for Egypt in its long-awaited return to the World Cup, Salah has had little time to prepare for a new campaign where all eyes will be on him.
He linked up with five-time European champion Liverpool on its preseason tour of the United States this week, where it will face Manchester City in the second game of its International Champions Cup campaign on Wednesday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
According to the Liverpool club website, Salah is “on course to get (his) first minutes” of preseason during the clash with reigning EPL champions.
“He has fully recovered,” head coach Jurgen Klopp said. “We were constantly in contact during the World Cup and he was fine. He looks full of joy and is really happy to be back.”
Salah scored 44 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last season, while helping Liverpool surge through the Champions League knockout stages while securing a fourth-place EPL finish.
He broke the EPL record for goals in a 38-game season with 32, while establishing himself as one of the best players in the world.
He is already the highest-profile soccer player to come from the Arab world and is an icon in his homeland and further afield. When he returned home from Russia, a fan posted his address on Facebook and a throng of well-wishers turned up. Salah took the intrusion in good spirits, venturing out to greet the group and signing autographs.
But things could get tougher from here, requiring the need for him to step his game up even further next season.
“We have always had a saying at Liverpool,” said Rush, who won eight league titles with Liverpool and was the club’s top goal scorer eight times. “The easy part is winning something, the hard part is doing it again. And that applies to Mo as well. Defenders will be trying to figure out ways to stop him, everyone knows all about him now. It will be a big challenge, but I am confident he will meet that challenge.
“You look at the character of certain players. He is very humble and he is not the sort of person to be satisfied with what he has achieved so far. You can see he is hungry for more. When you get someone who is already one of the best and is still looking to improve, that is when you get something really special.”
GENEVA, July 24, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been nominated for the Best FIFA Men's Player award for 2018. The Egyptian was Tuesday named on the 10-man shortlist for the prestigious accolade, which recognises the best male player over the last 12 months.
Salah's nomination comes in recognition of a remarkable debut season at Anfield following his move from AS Roma.
The 26-year-old scored 44 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions as Jürgen Klopp's team reached the Champions League final and secured qualification for this season's tournament.
His 32-goal haul in the Premier League broke the record previously jointly held by Luis Suarez, Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo for strikes in a 38-game season. Salah then scored twice in two appearances for his country at the World Cup in Russia.
Votes from the media, national team coaches, national team captains and fans will decide whether Salah's achievements are enough to see him take the gong at an award ceremony in London in September.
Full list of nominees:
Men's coach of the year: Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Stanislav Cherchesov (Russia), Zlatko Dalic (Croatia), Didier Deschamps (France), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Juergen Klopp (Liverpool), Roberto Martinez (Belgium), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Gareth Southgate (England), Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
Women's coach of the year: Emma Hayes (Chelsea), Stephan Lerch (VfL Wolfsburg), Mark Parsons (Portland Thorns), Reynald Pedros (Lyon), Alen Stajcic (Australia), Asako Takakura (Japan), Vadao (Brazil), Jorge Vilda (Spain), Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Switzerland), Sarina Wiegman (The Netherlands)
Men's player of the year: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, Tottenham's Harry Kane, Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, new Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo, PSG's Kylian Mbappe, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Real Madrid's duo Luka Modric and Raphael Varane are also included.
Women's player of the year: Lucy Bronze, Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry, Sam Kerr, Saki Kumagai, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Marta, Megan Rapinoe, Wendie Renard.
LONDON, July 22, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that Egypt's Mohamed Salah is fully fit after the shoulder injury that saw him miss a portion of Egypt’s World Cup campaign and the bulk of the UEFA Champions League final.
The last couple months have been quite difficult for Salah personally after Sergio Ramos’ controversial tackle saw him damage ligaments in the joint and withdrawn from the final after just 30 minutes of play.
Salah returned to club duty Friday for his first day of pre-season training before joining the rest of the squad on their trip to the United States.
He subsequently missed the opening game of Egypt’s campaign in Russia and despite scoring two goals, his country’s elimination from the tournament soured what was supposed to be the crowning moment in his career.
“He has fully recovered,” said the Liverpool manager.
“We were constantly in contact [during the World Cup] and he was fine. Shoulder-wise, he had no problems. We were in really close contact and it was clear that if he had any problems still then he would have waited for the next game.
“He is a very serious person and he knows that it’s his career. Whatever people want from you, if you can’t, you can’t. But he was completely fine and is completely fine now," Klopp added.
“He looks full of joy and is really happy to be back. It was nice to see him yesterday for the first time, the same for Sadio [Mane]. They had an intense year behind [them] but they are really looking forward to the season already.
“It’s good to have them back and they can start training now and all that stuff. It was not a long time they were out but I think it was very important that they had at least three weeks.
“Now they still have a good basis. They look very fit – we made tests. Both have fantastic values so they did the work they had to do, so now they can start quicker than the rest of the team from another basis. That’s good for us but the season starts on August 12, not this week, so good.”
Liverpool take on Manchester City in New Jersey on July 26 and Man United in Michigan on July 28.
LIVERPOOL, July 20, 2018 (MENA) - Liverpool winger and Egyptian national football team player Mohamed Salah began his training with Liverpool in preparations for the next season.
Liverpool posted on its Twitter account photos of Salah's training with his teammates.
Last season, Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions and made 16 assists
in 52 matches.