July 26, 2018 / 6:02 AM / 2 months ago

Soccer: Salah's scoring return pleases Klopp

(Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah’s impact as the playmaker made a scoring return in their 2-1 pre-season win over Premier League rivals Manchester City on Thursday.

Jul 25, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (11) celebrates his goal against Manchester City during the second half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Egypt international, who was Liverpool’s top scorer last season with 44 goals in 52 appearances across all competitions, suffered a shoulder injury in the club’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in May.

Salah was introduced as a second half substitute in Liverpool’s International Champions Cup clash against City in the United States and the 26-year-old levelled the scores almost immediately before forward Sadio Mane scored the winner.

“He is in that moment but he has absolutely no issues... He came in and scored after pretty much 35 seconds. He had a big impact together with Sadio and Dom... played fantastic,” Klopp told reporters.

Jul 25, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (11) plays the ball against Manchester City during the second half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Salah’s high-flying return allayed fears over his form following the injury, which prevented the playmaker from making an impact at the World Cup in Russia.

Klopp also reiterated that he could not guarantee a trophy for Liverpool in the upcoming campaign.

“I know that people want to hear that I tell you we can win this or that, but I have no clue if we will win something. But we will go for it with all we have,” the German boss added.

“... We have to enjoy our football, otherwise it makes no sense. We cannot only go for a 1-0 here, 1-0 there – I know if you win silverware in the end then people are probably happy, but the whole year was still rubbish.”

Liverpool will continue their pre-season preparations against rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

Jul 25, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (11) plays the ball against Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko (35) during the second half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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