Graeme Souness hails three ‘special’ Liverpool players and pays tribute to Jurgen Klopp


Graeme Souness has hailed three ‘special’ Liverpool players (Picture: Sky Sports)

Graeme Souness has hailed Liverpool’s attacking unit of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane as ‘very special’.

The forwards have scored 49 goals between them this season to help Liverpool storm 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

And Souness said: ‘Mo Salah might score the most goals but it would be totally wrong to say this side’s attack is just about him.

‘He’s one of three very special players. I love watching Roberto Firmino play. A couple of years ago, I likened him to Kenny Dalglish.

‘He’s like a big cat walking through the jungle waiting for an opportunity to do damage.

‘His radar is on all the time and he’s got a great football brain, whereas Salah and Sadio Mane, they will catch your eye more because they are direct and they score more goals.

‘They are a wonderful attacking unit, but it’s so important to have a really good defence because you can’t play super football in every single game you play.

‘When it’s not going well, you need to know that you won’t be conceding goals. Then, if you’re on the back foot but you don’t concede, you know that at some point in the 90 minutes, one of your special players is going to create something for someone else or score himself.

‘That’s what we had with Ian Rush. We would be under the cosh, we would clear our lines and a couple of passes later Rushy would be on the end of something, putting the ball in the net, and we would nick the game.

‘Liverpool have that now with their attacking players and that’s what makes them so dangerous. Even when they are not at their very best, they defend well and their capable of nicking games.

Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s top goalscorer this season (Picture: EPA)

‘It’s so important to have those players, those goal-getters who can get you 25 in a season.’

Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool are on the verge of winning the Premier League for the first time in 30 years.

The Reds lifted the Champions League last season and Souness has paid tribute to the job Klopp has done at Anfield.

‘He is a great fit for Liverpool because he feels the emotion of the place,’ Souness added to Sky Sports.

‘Liverpool is an extremely emotional football club, with its history, its tragedies. You get that emotion when you go to Anfield and hear You’ll Never Walk Alone.

‘He is the polar opposite of what Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan were. Bob didn’t speak a great deal. With Joe, you had to lean in to hear what he was saying.

The Reds have thrived under Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)

‘Jurgen is more like Shankly, who was a great communicator, a showman and the leader of the pack.

‘Bob didn’t want to be anywhere near the leader of the pack and neither did Joe. They were happy to be in the background rather than leading from the front.

‘Jurgen is different, but he understands the club and he has done the most marvellous job.’

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