Jurgen Klopp playfully advised Liverpool to train unclad before their Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Premier League table toppers Manchester City as everyone’s eyes would be on Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian enjoyed a stellar debut campaign at Anfield, helping Liverpool achieve the Champions League semi-finals berth with 40 goals in all competition since arriving from AS Roma in the summer transfer window.
Of Salah’s season goal count, 30 of those have come in the Premier League as he leads Golden Boot race, while he was nominated alongside DeBryne, Kane in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
Talking about the hype over Mo Salah, who scored in Liverpool’s 2-1 second-leg triumph over City at the Etihad Stadium a week ago, Klopp uncovered what he told his players.
“It is a really good group and, with Mo, everyone really likes the hype around him, all the boys,” Klopp said.
“When we came out for the Champions League training before Man City, I said, ‘Come on everybody, let’s go out naked because no one will realize — they are just looking at Mo’.
“Now we go to Rome [next Tuesday for the first leg of their semi-final against Roma]. I don’t think the hype will be a little bit less. But it is all okay.
“The boys created the atmosphere in the group. In a successful team, there is always a good atmosphere. Other teams can have very good players, but no group.”
“There is so much that is positive – we are a team. The boys are all together.
“We have a big chance here to create something for the future. We are still young and full of potential. My impression is that they are all excited about being in this group.”