Mohamed Salah has a massive desire for scoring goals โ€“ Reds boss Jurgen Klopp

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Mohamed Salahโ€™s latest Liverpool milestone came as no surprise to Jurgen Klopp following the strikerโ€™s sensational double at West Ham.

Reports of Liverpoolโ€™s demise appear to be exaggerated after back-to-back wins at Tottenham and the Hammers lifted them to third.

Salahโ€™s exquisite second-half goals โ€“ a curling lob over Lukasz Fabianski and a stunning finish to a lightning counter-attack โ€“ were his first in seven matches and made him the first player since Ian Rush to score 20 or more in four consecutive seasons for the Reds.

Anfield boss Klopp said: โ€œIโ€™m not surprised. I work on a daily basis together with him and he will never stop having a massive desire for scoring goals. For sure not.

โ€œHe is a world-class player, there is no doubt about that. I said in the last few weeks when we didnโ€™t score that many, the only thing you can do is try and try and try again. You have to make good decisions, or better decisions.

โ€œThe first goal was a proper smart goal and in the last few weeks he probably would have tried to shoot through the legs or whatever, but that was really keeping the overview and chipping the ball into the far corner. A top-class goal.โ€

Georginio Wijnaldum added a third for the champions before Craig Dawsonโ€™s late consolation. A 3-1 defeat brought West Hamโ€™s six-match winning run to a halt.

They remain fifth, but manager David Moyes said: โ€œI think there are three or four teams who are better than all the rest, I think that is quite an obvious thing to say, and Liverpool are in that category.

โ€œWe are not putting ourselves in that category. I have been in the job a year now and we have been trying to make progress and steady strides, I donโ€™t think we were ever really competing against Liverpool.

โ€œWe have got ourselves in a really strong position but we have a long way to go. But it is time as well that you need.

โ€œYou canโ€™t make these things happen and compete against the best teams in the league immediately, it needs a build and stability and an idea of where we are going to go in the future.โ€

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