Klopp never anxious about hat-trick hero Salah's form
- Author: Stacy Allen Dec 13, 2018,
Dec 13, 2018, 1:10
"And you know, the goals have been a lot different, we've scored a few less than we did last season, but the front three - you know Mo got a hat-trick on Saturday against Bournemouth so his confidence will be sky high". Belgrade was not better.
Mohamed Salah's hat-trick and Steve Cook's own goal condemned Eddie Howe's side to their joint heaviest defeat of the season, rewarding the Reds with three points and seeing them leapfrog Man City to top spot on the ladder.
"We have the chance with a specific result still to go through when this Champions League campaign so far was not really ours", Klopp said.
Liverpool's next encounter will be a must-win game against Napoli in UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, December 11. They have lost the first leg 1-0 in Naples. I told the boys, I really think if nothing special happens with refereeing decisions or whatever, we get what we deserve.
A 2-1 defeat to PSG in the French capital last time out has left the group and Liverpool's participation in the second round on a knife edge. "It is a big opportunity for us, and we will try everything to put it right". Can you ask for a special night before you have it?
But a brilliant hat-trick against the Cherries kicked into touch any worries that he would struggle to hit the same heights again, and Klopp is only too aware his return to form comes at the flawless time with Liverpool who must beat Napoli tonight to make the Champions League knockout stages. It remains to be seen whether the famous Anfield atmosphere will help them pull through. "We know how hard it is", he added.
"We are not the most experienced side but we know our way and which way we will go all the time". The games we played previous year against Man City and Roma at home were unbelievable, the atmosphere.
"We really need to make sure we are ready for Napoli".
Virgil van Dijk is confident Liverpool FC can utilise the Anfield atmosphere to book their place in the Champions League knockout stage. Alright, the Reds were playing in the second tier of the Football League when they achieved this feat, but it could be an indicator for what's to come this season, or it could just be pure happenstance, we'll let you decide.
"We have a way to get out of this and that is the only way and that is how it is".