Jurgen Klopp was coy when asked to compare the talents of Mohamed Salah and “Liverpool legend” Luis Suarez.
Salah netted his 16th and 17th goals of the season in the midweek victory over Stoke, meaning he has scored more goals than any Liverpool player in any season since Suarez left in summer 2014.
Steven Gerrard (13), Daniel Sturridge (13) and Philippe Coutinho (14) have shared the top-goalscoring honours in the three seasons since, but Salah has blown them all away by December.
Asked to compare the two on Friday, Klopp was reluctant.
“I’m not interested,” he said. “I respect Suarez a lot. He’s a Liverpool legend and still a great player but he’s not a Liverpool player anymore.
“I don’t have to compare players, I’m not interested.”
On Salah, he added: “I am a very positive person but we always talk about the last game and I’m only interested in the next game.
“Mo is in a good moment and hopefully he will stay in a good moment.
“I am only interested in the next game. How can I be surprised about his impact?
“He played already at the highest level, but only in another country. Maybe it’s a surprise to English people that he can be good in the Premier League.
“All players in the world need the other players – it was fantastic from Sadio Mane for the first goal. But Mo knows that he needs to be in a good moment to take a ball like this. I was very happy that he could do it like he did it. All good.”