Jurgen Klopp has tipped Mohamed Salah to win the player of the year award, but hopes he helps Liverpool claim some silverware too.
The Reds chief spoke out after watching the Egypt international score his 32nd goal in all competitions - and seventh in a row - in Saturday evening's 2-0 Premier League win against Newcastle at Anfield.
Salah moved level with Tottenham striker Harry Kane on 24 goals in the Premier League, while he is ahead of Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani and Barcelona's Lionel Messi having scored in 26 competitive club matches this season.
Winning a title with a team is different, to be honest, but I respect it. If he [Salah] can win this competition then he deserves it.Jurgen Klopp
It appears that Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne is the man standing in Salah's way to claiming the top honour in England this season, but Klopp has backed him to come out on top.
However, the German tactician is more concerned in what his talisman can help the Reds win as a team.
"We want to win things – that's a big part of our personality," Klopp said. "For me, [individual] trophies mean absolutely nothing. I have no clue why it's like that, but it is the truth.
"Winning a title with a team is different, to be honest, but I respect it. If he [Salah] can win this competition then he deserves it.
"There are a few games to go and we have to make sure he can keep on going in this shape, be in important spaces and very decisive areas, and score goals for us."
Sadio Mane was also on target against Newcastle as Liverpool moved up to second in the Premier League and are priced at 50/1 to win the title without Manchester City this season.
Salah is 1/3 to win the PFA Player of the Year award, while the Reds are also priced at 5/4 to win the Champions League.
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