Klopp baffled by Neville, Carragher TOTS snub for Liverpool star
Posted On May 15, 2021
Jurgen Klopp was surprised at Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher’s decision to leave Liverpool star Mo Salah out of their ‘Team of the Season’.
The Egyptian is the joint top goalscorer in the Premier League this season, alongside Harry Kane, with 21 goals despite the Reds’ poor season, while bagging another nine in the Champions League and FA Cup.
Liverpool, who have been missing a number of key players for much of the season, have taken a dip this campaign after winning the Premier League title last term.
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Neville and Carragher selected their best XIs of the 2020-21 season in a 4-3-3 formation – but Salah missed out on both the Sky Sports pundits’ selections with the likes of Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford and Son Heung-min preferred.
When asked whether he was shocked by Salah’s omission, Klopp said: “Yes [I am surprised], of course, but it is about the team and about 11 players, it’s a normal thing.
“They all know what they did and all these kinds of things. They have to make a decision of course and Mo has had an exceptional season.
“Especially if we would have played or could have played on a more consistent level. Then his numbers would be different and even better.
“I cannot have any influence over that [Team of the Year decision]. Is he sometimes underappreciated? I would say yes, but that is the world not to change.
“Other people make decisions about that. I am not sure it is the most important thing but does he deserve [to be included]? Yes.
“But I have no idea who is in that Team of the Year, so I don’t really say a lot about it.”
Liverpool’s away game at West Brom on Sunday is followed by the short trip to Burnley and then a home fixture against Crystal Palace, with fans in attendance for the final two games.
Nothing less than three wins is likely to be enough to secure Champions League football but Liverpool boss Klopp said their season would not be defined by a busy last week.
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“The season is defined by all the games but these three games can give an extremely positive outcome,” Klopp added.
“Most of the teams in the world fight the whole year to be in a position three matchdays before the end (where) they have it in their own hands to go to the Champions League and we are one of them.
“As much as the season was full of different challenges and problems we are in that situation all of a sudden and that’s good and positive.
“We don’t make the second step before the first. We are fully focused on West Brom and we will see what the outcome will be there.
“But if we can make it it would be really good.”