• Matip: Salah will make EPL defenders despair

    Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah

    Mohamed Salah will make Premier League defenders despair during his first season at Liverpool, according to teammate Joel Matip.

    The former Chelsea winger signed for Jurgen Klopp’s side from Roma last month in a club-record move that could reach a final value of €50-million.

    Salah, 25, adds to an attacking unit that already contains the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, a group Matip is happy he does not have to play against.

    Matip told Omnisport: “Salah already played in England. He has high skills at dribbling, tempo and finishing and he makes defenders despair.

    “There is so much quality [in attack], the right pace and it will be hard for our opponents to stop them.”

    Liverpool face hosts Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup on Tuesday as their pre-season campaign continues, Salah having scored in a 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

    Defender Matip elaborated on what it is like to play under Jurgen Klopp, having done so for the first time in a 2016-17 season which saw him make 29 Premier League appearances, as Liverpool finished fourth.

    He said: “From every player [Klopp wants] fast counter-pressing with direct attacks, but also a clean and structured build-up with specific position-play.

    “But of course, if we lose the ball, the first step is towards the ball and not back to defend at our box.

    “We are defending very high. It begins with the strikers, who madly run [at] the opponent, putting in many metres and giving their all.

    “It is hard to describe [Klopp’s aura]. He is very affable and direct, even when it is about issues, he is straight, but cordial. If you do something wrong he clearly tells you to do better, but he stays affable.”

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