Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks Mo Salah can win the Ballon d’Or after his blistering start to the new season.
Salah scored one and assisted another as the Reds breezed past Watford 5-0 on Saturday to follow his brilliant performance against Manchester City before the international break.
The Egypt international has been nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award as part of a 30-man shortlist for the individual accolade.
He scored 31 goals in 51 appearances last season and he has started this season in off with ten goals in ten matches in all competitions.
When asked if Salah could win the Ballon d’Or this year, Klopp replied: “Yes.
“I have no idea how you win the Ballon d’Or. If it’s about being in the Champions League final and scoring the most goals, it may be difficult, but if it’s on the form of the last two years, then he has a chance. Internally he always got the recognition, externally I don’t know.
“After the two goals he has scored people, all of a sudden, think he could be [the best in the world]. He has scored like this before and has performed on the highest level for many years. He will do it again and again. Whatever you want to write about him, do it, he deserves it, but now we prepare for Atletico.”
On his side’s record of scoring three or more goals in the last six matches, Klopp added: “Didn’t really think about it, the performance, the opponent, and the story of the match I can say it like this probably.
“It’s never easy, we really don’t think about it, if you would tell me I wouldn’t know it, where we score the goals, when we score the goals but we never made a big difference between away and home games.
Getting set for the latest instalment of #UCL action!
🔜 Madrid ✈️ pic.twitter.com/0colS67IOw
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 18, 2021
“We enjoy it more at home it’s true because we are in our dressing room, our stadium with our people around but now it’s Atletico and scoring three goals doesn’t sound too likely now but it’s not about that, we want a positive result and a positive performance.”