Klopp names two things Ronaldo is better at than Salah

Date published: Friday 22nd October 2021 1:17 - Joe Williams

Cristiano Ronaldo comforts Liverpool forward Mo Salah

Cristiano Ronaldo is “probably” better at heading a ball and using his right foot than Mo Salah, according to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Ronaldo has scored six in eight matches since returning to Manchester United in the summer transfer window despite some criticism of his performances.

Salah, meanwhile, has bagged 12 goals in 11 Premier League and Champions League games for Liverpool this term with some pundits asking if he is now the best player in the world on current form.

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When asked about comparisons between the two players, Liverpool boss Klopp told a Friday press conference: “Why should we compare?. Obviously both are world-class players.

“Even though Ronaldo’s left foot is not bad, I would say Mo’s left foot is probably better. Cristiano may be better in the air and his right foot is probably better.

“Speed-wise, both are pretty quick and desperate to score goals but I’ve never really thought about that. I’m not too interested in comparing, sorry.”

On his side’s impressive scoring run, Klopp added: “It helps, obviously, but we’re not just relying on our goal-scoring skills. It’s more a coincidence we’ve scored that often. We create chances and score, but [games] in a row, it’s quite strange we’ve done that.

“I love winning a football game 1-0. It’s completely fine and we keep a clean sheet. Scoring goals is good for confidence but relying on that is already the first step in a completely wrong direction.”

On the threat from Man Utd, Klopp continued: “We all know how the football world is. United-Liverpool is a massive game, we know that.

“Man United are not overly happy with their results but we all know that they are able to do incredible stuff. We’ve seen it already. So we will try to focus mainly on ourselves.”

When asked if the intensity of both side’s midweek Champions League matches will impact the match on Sunday, Klopp said: “We play on Tuesday and on Sunday so we don’t have to think about that.

“We came through the Atletico Madrid game and now we recover. Today we start preparing for the game properly and that’s exactly how it should be. So, there’ll be no consideration because of the intensity of the last game, for us at least.”


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