"Wow, what a number" - Klopp lauds Liverpool's 40-goal Salah

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp insisted Mohamed Salah is not distracted by the race for the Premier League's Golden Boot award.

"Wow, what a number" - Klopp lauds Liverpool's 40-goal Salah
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Jürgen Klopp heaped praise on record-breaking star Mohamed Salah after the Liverpool forward celebrated his 40th goal of the season against Bournemouth on Saturday. Salah was on target in Liverpool's 3-0 win over the Cherries with a wonderful looping header and became the first Reds player since Ian Rush in 1986-87 to break the 40-goal mark in one season.

Number 30. Mohamed Salah beats Bournemouth's Asmir Begovic with a looping header at Anfield.

Salah - 6th Liverpool player to reach 30 goals in over 40 years

It has been a remarkable debut campaign for Salah following his summer signing from Serie A side Roma, who Liverpool will face in the Champions League semi-finals – the Egypt international currently leads the Premier League Golden Boot race with 30 goals - five ahead of Harry Kane.

All of us want Salah to keep scoring, says Klopp

Speaking about Salah post-match, manager Klopp told reporters: "It's good, impressive. What a number, wow. And what a number of goals we scored as team, around about 100 as a team, I don't know, I didn't count. A completely normal boy in that situation wants to be top of the scoring list, Golden Boot, it's completely normal, we will not be in his way. He knows that the way we play suits him. You did see that the boys are looking and searching for him a little bit too much, it's like 'give it to him', so we have to mix it up a little bit. He is the threat, but the ball is here, but it's all good. He didn't look today like he doesn't want to score in the next few games. He isn't distracted by this Golden Boot, he wants to have it but he wants us to be successful that's how it is and if he does get the Golden Boot, it's likely we are successful, so no problem with that. As a striker, you have to make decisions, if you score, everybody loves you, if you don't score then, hmm... then people start discussing, so it's all fine."