Mohamed Salah set a Premier League scoring record as Liverpool sealed a place in next season’s Champions League with victory over Brighton.
Heading into the final fixtures of 2017-18, the Egypt worldwide sat level with three modern day icons on the English top-flight roll of honour.
“A very exciting season, very intense”, said Klopp. So today we can show that we matured during the season.
Salah has the remainder of Sunday’s clash with Brighton, the final game of the season, to try and get the hat-trick he needs to match Shearer and Cole’s record. Salah dribbled down the right side of the pitch on that play, before releasing a short feed to Solanke.
“So a fantastic achievement from the boys, a really, really nice performance over the whole season”. It must be a joy to play in that team with so many chances created.
The result means that Liverpool have now gone the entire league season unbeaten at home (the only side in the four top divisions in England to do so), and have kept 17 clean sheets for the first time since the days of Rafa Benitez.
“I’m really proud of the boys, a almost ideal season”.
With Chelsea also losing 3-0 at Newcastle, the second-half had a more processional feel to it, helped enormously by Solanke’s stunning finish after 53 minutes when he rifled into the roof of the net to open his Liverpool account.
“Last year everybody said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have Champions League or European football”. Salah has turned it on when it mattered the most, and that’s why he has been such an outstanding performer this season.
Klopp could not have scripted a better 90 minutes of preparation for the Champions League final had he tried, with even Adam Lallana climbing off the substitutes’ bench to prove his fitness with a late cameo appearance.
“It is for us the next step”. He now has two weeks to prepare for our biggest game and now I am really looking forward to it. We need more consistency to challenge and a little bit more luck with injuries.
“We would have taken it (their final position)”. It’s a hard season for all of us with players coming back late from the World Cup, but that’s the same for everyone.