Insatiable Mohamed Salah greedy for more goals, says Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp shakes the hand of Mohamed Salah as he is substituted against West Ham. (Reuters)
Updated 25 February 2018
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Insatiable Mohamed Salah greedy for more goals, says Jurgen Klopp

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah's insatiable appetite for goals after the Egyptian continued his hot streak in a 4-1 victory over West Ham at Anfield.
After scoring for the sixth straight game, Salah has scored 31 times in all competitions this season — already equalling Luis Suarez's best haul for the Reds in the 2013-14 campaign.
"I like Mo's desire for goals," Klopp said. "Mo is a boy who is full of greed to score goals."
Salah also provided the assist for Emre Can to open the scoring from a corner before Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also got on the scoresheet on another prolific day for Klopp's front three as Liverpool broke through the 100-goal mark for the season.

"When I woke up this morning I didn't expect a game like this, it was a joy to watch for everybody," added Klopp.
"It was intense, it was aggressive, it was angry, it was full of desire. I saw everything I wish to see in a game of football and it's not often you see that.
"We scored from a set-piece too. You only ever talk to me about set-pieces when we suffer from them so it's nice to score one too."
Victory moved Liverpool a point above Manchester United into second in the Premier League to crank up pressure on United and Chelsea, who face each other at Old Trafford on Sunday.
"To get the points is important. We all put pressure on each other with results. That is how it is," Klopp added.
"We have no time to rest, no time to waste one point. It is really intense for all the teams involved, for all the players involved.
"I don't think United and Chelsea think too much about us but they know before the matchday that we are around. We play United in two weeks. We don't have points to waste.
"I would have taken a 1-0, (they) hit the post four times, Loris Karius makes 20 saves, whatever because we need the points."
West Ham manager David Moyes felt his side struggled to deal with Liverpool's attacking prowess as Klopp's men put four past the Hammers for the second time this season.
"It is really difficult to deal with them," Moyes said. "We were never going to get loads of chances here, we knew that, and the quality of the players they have caused us big problems.
"We always thought we had a chance of scoring today but we couldn't keep their front players quiet."


THE OPEN, DAY TWO: Who is contending at Carnoustie?

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THE OPEN, DAY TWO: Who is contending at Carnoustie?

SECOND ROUND: Several stars started the second round with work to do, the cut mark looks like it will be at the 3-over or 2-over mark. Tiger Woods, Phil MIckelson and Jordan Spieth are all over par so need a decent round to stay for the weekend. It is wet in Scotland, for the first time in a while, here is how the big names are faring...

ZACH JOHNSON, 6-under 

The 2015 champion again showed he is to be feared on links courses as he fired a fine 4-under 67 to tak the clubhouse lead. One of the best putters around he will surely be in the mix come Sunday. "Everything is coming together to a point where I should be in contention more often," the American said. 

TOMMY FLEETWOOD, 5-under 

The Englishman came into the tournament as one of the favorites and on the evidence of this round it is not hard to see why. The course record holder (set last year) fired a brilliant 6-under 65, can he get his hands on a first Major this weekend? "We are only two days in, come Sunday I would like to be in the same spot. You put all the practice in for this and you have to go out and play golf, but it is easier said than done," he said. 

RORY MCILROY, 4-under 

Another solid round for the 2014 champion, he played within himself, but would have wlaked off the course thinking of what might have been. He gave himself plenty of birdie opportunities but is not far off the lead and will doubtless fancy his chances, especially if he can make a few more putts. "Right now I am feeling good about it," he said. 

TIGER WOODS, level-par

The Big Beast just missed a birdie putt on 18 that would have left him in red figures. He will, however, be pleased with his day's work and do not be surprised to see him challenge the top of the leaderboard over the weekend. After the round he said: "I think it is going to be a crowded leaderboard. There are going to be a bunch of guys with a chance to win...it's going ot be a bunched leaderboard." 

DUSTIN JOHNSON, 6-over

The American came arrived at Carnoustie as the favorite but left as the first world No. 1 not to make the cut since Luke Donald in 2011. A one-over 72 was not enough to repair the damage done by his opening 76 on Thursday. 

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FIRST ROUND: That's it then, everyone has had a go at this famous old course and it is American Kevin Kisner who leads on -5 after the first day. Northern Ireland's hope Rory McIlroy sits three shots back on -2, and after a topsy-turvy round, Tiger Woods is level.

It was not such a good day for 2017 winner Jordan Spieth, who dropped four shots on the final four holes to finish +1 for the day. Here's a look at the biggest names and how they fared on day one...

DUSTIN JOHNSON, 5-over

He came in as a lot of people's favorite to win the Open Championship, but the American world No. 1 has had an afternoon to forget. Never finding his rhythm, he shot a five-over-par 76 and now faces a massive uphill struggle just to make the weekend. Hope for the rest of the field...

TIGER WOODS, Even-par

The 14-time Major winner finished off his first round with a par, and he's level par for the day too. A very neat and tidy round of 71 for the American, and he looked a more composed and in-control figure than he has done of late. His successful holes were met with raucuous cheers, might be a crowd favorite for the Claret Jug?


KEVIN KISNER, 5-under

The American was the early leader firing a 66 in the early benign conditions. The world No.33 was not thought of as a possible winner, his best finish at an Open was tied for 54th last year. Can he stay near the top of the leaderboard until Sunday?

 

RORY MCILROY, 2-under

Looking for his first Major in four years the world No.8 started with a solid round of 69. Two-under for the tricky back nine will give him confidence heading into the second round as he goes in search of his second Claret Jug. 



DANNY WILLETT, 2-under

The Englishman has endured a torrid time since he memorably won the Green Jacket two years ago. But a recent upturn in form continued at Carnoustie and it would not be a shock to see him up near the top of the leaderboard into the weekend.



JON RAHM, 2-under

The tempestuous Spaniard has all you need to win a Major, but is yet to get his hands on one of the top-four prizes. He made a good start in Scotland, carding a 69 in a round that featured only two birdies. He will fancy his chances of contending come Sunday evening.



RICKIE FOWLER, 1-under

Three birdies and two bogeys saw the American open up with a solid, if unspectacular round. The world No. 7 has long down well on links courses so expect him to make a challenge on Friday and Saturday in a bid to win he first Major.



JORDAN SPIETH, 1-over

It all started so well for the defending champion. He was 3-under through 11 and looking set for the clubhouse lead. But then disaster struck on the 15th where a double bogey was followed up with bogeys on 16 and 17 to leave him to card a 72.



JUSTIN ROSE, 1-over


A birdie at the last would have at least left him leaving the court with a smile, but deep down he would know that being one of the earlier starters he should have done better than an up-and-down round of 72. He is desperate to add to his one Major and he has work to do if he is to get Major No. 2 this week.



PATRICK REED, 4-over

The Masters champion talked a good game coming into the tournament (when does he not?). But he was left scratching his head after a 75 left him well off the pace at Carnoustie. He never really got going after a double bogey at the second left him playing catch up, a bogey on the last summed up his day.