During today’s press conference before the Atletico match, Jurgen Klopp wanted to offer his two cents on Mo Salah’s Ballon d’Or chances.
Even though he is nominated to win the Ballon d’Or, Jurgen Klopp probably knows Mo Salah won’t even make the podium this year. However, his recent performances have placed him as the best player in the world for most analysts. Messi and Ronaldo haven’t started their season in great form and other players simply aren’t as dominant as Salah. This season is turning up to be even better than his best years at the club in previous moments. Mo already scored two goals that are Puskas Award contenders and we haven’t even gotten to the holidays yet.
When the press asks Klopp what the parameters to deliver the award can be, he has a specific answer that favors his player. Recently, Klopp himself already placed Salah above Messi and Ronaldo for the current season. In terms of consistency, there probably isn’t another footballer who resembles these two monsters more than Salah. But when it comes to the Ballon d’Or, there is always this gray area.
Klopp doesn’t understand the parameters to win it.
During today’s press conference, here’s what Klopp had to say about the Ballon d’Or via Goal: “Yes. I have no idea how exactly you win the Ballon d’Or: if it’s about being in the Champions League final, scoring the most goals, then it could be slightly difficult but if it’s about performances over the last two years then he has a chance from my point of view but I’m not involved in the competition.
“Does he get the recognition finally? Internally he always got it, externally I don’t know. After two goals he scored now people think all of a sudden because of that he could be the best player in the world, it is a bit strange. He scored goals like this and performed for years at an incredibly high level. My concern first and foremost is that he will do it again and again what he did so far. Whatever you want to write positively about him do it because he deserves it but now let us prepare for Atletico.”