Jurgen Klopp said he “loves the goals” Mohamed Salah is scoring after his Liverpool side consolidated their place in the Premier League top four with a comfortable victory over Newcastle.
With five minutes left of a wasteful first half for the Reds, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drove through the away side’s lines and played in Salah for his 24th goal of the league season.
With no real outlet in attack, the Magpies were under constant pressure at Anfield and they buckled again when Sadio Mane swept the home side further ahead from Roberto Firmino’s pass – the 200th top-flight goal under their German manager.
According to BBC, Salah might have added a late third, too. As he broke clear in injury time, it looked like he was shoved in the back by Jamaal Lascelles. Klopp said it was a “special view” not to give a foul and “definitely a red card” as the forward went down with just the keeper to beat.
“I love the goals he’s scored, I love his assists. I love this player,” he added of Salah.
“He’s doing so well, but all the others have exactly the same importance and he knows that.”
Saturday’s win moves Liverpool above Manchester United into second place – at least until their rivals play at Crystal Palace on Monday.
The gap to leaders Manchester City is 15 points, with Pep Guardiola’s side in action at home to Chelsea on Sunday.
Newcastle, whose best chance saw Mohamed Diame denied by Loris Karius’ fine save just before half-time, drop to 16th after Swansea’s 4-1 home win over West Ham.
Rafael Benitez’s side are two points above the relegation zone with nine matches to play.