Klopp: De Bruyne’s form makes Salah award ‘even more special’

Date published: Monday 23rd April 2018 2:32

Jurgen Klopp says beating Kevin De Bruyne to the PFA Player of the Year award makes the achievement ‘even more special’.

Salah is preparing to face his former side this week when Roma arrive at Anfield on Tuesday night for their Champions League semi-final first leg.

At his pre-match press conference, Klopp said the reunion will be “quite special” though the manager is certain the Egyptian won’t escape whatever treatment the Roma defence would give any other opponent.

“I had it with Dortmund two years ago,” said Klopp. “It’s quite special.

“It’s pretty normal. Players changes clubs and managers change clubs a lot.

“It’s quite special though because he knows a lot more about them than usual.

“He knows all about them and I am sure he is following their season all season.

“He became the player we have now in Rome, they were all part of his development.

“We are all professionals though and I am sure Italian defenders are famous for not having friendly games.”

Salah was named PFA Player of the Year at the ceremony in London on Sunday night.

Klopp says the fact he pipped De Bruyne to the award highlights just how special his form has been.

“It’s fantastic, I’m really happy for him. He can be really proud. It was a fantastic achievement.

“I didn’t speak to him after it, he was in London, but I will tell him what I want to face to face. The season is not finished yet though, there is lots to come.

“I have to say when Kevin De Bruyne plays like this, it makes it even more special.

“The players know how difficult it is to score that many goals.”

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson is confident Salah will remain at the club long term.

“He is a fantastic player, up there with the world’s best, and there will be other clubs who want to take him away,” the England international said.

“But we have a great set of lads, a great team and a great manager moving in the right direction and I am sure Mo will want to be part of that.”

 

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