Jurgen Klopp confirms potential blow to Mohamed Salah’s Golden Boot hopes

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mohamed Salah is back off penalties – as long as James Milner is playing.

The Egypt international has been on spot-kick duty while the midfielder has been missing through injury.

Milner has suffered from a hamstring injury which has kept him out of action for a month.

But Klopp has revealed the former Manchester City star is back in action – much to Salah’s detriment.

The forward has his eyes set on the Golden Boot this campaign and has been in fine goalscoring form.

In total, Salah has netted 16 times – 13 of which have come in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah is the top scorer in the Premier League

It sees him leading the goalscoring charts so far, two ahead of Tottenham star Heung-min Son, Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

But with Milner back on penalties, Salah will have to continue his finishing antics without the added boost of spot-kicks.

In total, the ex-Roma star has scored four from 12 yards out – taking his total from nine to 13.

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However, Klopp has insisted Salah will be in contention when a penalty is awarded depending on the circumstances.

“James Milner is the number one penalty taker,” Klopp said.

“When James is not playing, it’s Mo, and when Milly is on the pitch he can decide.

Klopp has revealed Milner is back on penalties

“This is how it is, always, if you don’t feel 1,000% or someone has scored two already – all this stuff.

“That hasn’t changed and we haven’t spoken about it for a long, long time.

“Most of the time, Milly has not been on the pitch but there was one where he was on the pitch and gave it to Mo.

“For me it’s only important that the ball ends up in the back of the net after whichever player for my team has shot the ball.

“So, Milly and Mo have finished off a pretty impressive number of penalties for us and that’s fine for me.

“That is how it is at this moment and what the decision is.”

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