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

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."

Simona Halep positive despite Dubai defeat by Belinda Bencic

Updated 21 February 2019

Simona Halep positive despite Dubai defeat by Belinda Bencic

  • Former world No.1 blames three-set loss on tiredness after nine matches in 13 days.
  • Halep has high hopes for the rest of 2019, saying her game is in good shape.

LONDON: Simona Halep is still certain a good year lies in store for her despite losing to Belinda Bencic in the Dubai quarterfinals.
The Romanian former world No. 1 was the favorite to win her second title in the emirate but ran out of steam as her Swiss opponent ran out 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner.
It was Halep’s ninth match in just 13 days and she admitted tiredness had caught up with her.
“It was really difficult physically. I was tired,” the world No. 2 said.

Bencic came from a set down to beat the favorite in the last-eight encounter in Dubai. (AFP) 

“After the second set, I felt like I’m getting cramping a little bit. It’s normal. I was sweating a lot.”
While, her fatigue was clear for all to see, Halep was not using it as an excuse, admitting Bencic, who has now beaten her in two of their three matches, was the deserved winner.
“Yeah, she played well. She played very well. In the end, she was a little bit stronger,” the Romanian said.
Having lost in the Qatar final last weekend and failed to make the last-four in Dubai you might think Halep would be disappointed with her Middle East stint. She was, however, far from glum and revealed she is looking forward to landing more titles to add to her collection during the rest of the year.

Cheerio from Halep after her defeat to the Swiss. (AFP) 

“I think were three good weeks. Tough weeks. A lot of tension, a lot of pressure. Also the Fed Cup,” she said.
“I take only positive things. I had great matches. My level is good. Physically also I’m good. But day by day I had to play, so is not easy.
“I’m confident for the next tournaments.”