Jurgen Klopp admits Mohamed Salah must match Sadio Mane’s work ethic if he is to match his teammate’s current goalscoring exploits.
While last season’s Golden Boot Winner is in the midst of a slump which has seen him find the back of the net just once in the last 10 matches, Mane has timed his purple patch to perfection.
The Senegal international has scored 11 goals in his last 11 games and provided a decisive contribution in Sunday’s win over Fulham which sent Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League, albeit having played a game more than Manchester City.
On the contrasting form of his two wingers, Klopp said: ‘He is in a really good moment, of course.
‘Sadio played pretty much always like this but now he is always in the right spot in the right moment. In football it’s sometimes like this.
‘The only thing he did when he was not always in the right spot was work and work and work.
That’s exactly what Mo has to do, exactly the same: just work, do the right things and it will come again.
‘He’s just rather unlucky, where Sadio is lucky in the moment – he is in brilliant shape, that’s true.
‘But then, he is in the right shape and maybe a yard away from him is Mo, but somebody else scored; the cross from Robbo (at Fulham ), I’m pretty sure Mo would have scored if Gini doesn’t get the ball.
‘These moments… I was a striker, I had that as well, you think, ‘Oh’ and then somebody else missed the chance. That’s how it is, all good. ‘But, of course, it’s a brilliant moment for him (Mane).’