December 14, 2019 / 3:51 PM / a month ago

Salah says practice pays after superb strikes with weaker foot

(Reuters) - Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah said working on his right foot was producing results after he scored two goals on his weaker side in a 2-0 Premier League victory over Watford on Saturday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Watford - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - December 14, 2019 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Phil Noble

The in-form Egyptian took his tally for the week to three goals after finding the net from an almost impossible angle on Tuesday night when the defending champions beat Salzburg 2-0 in the Champions League.

Manager Juergen Klopp had described the 27-year-old’s finish against the Austrian side - also scored with his right foot - as “sensational.”

“I’m practising with my right foot” Salah told BT Sport.

“I had some luck with the first (against Watford), it was a counter-attack so I got a good pass and I think we scored at the right time,” Salah added.

Salah’s first goal on Saturday, his seventh in five league matches against Watford, was all about pace and guile as he ran on to Sadio Mane’s pass down the left before cutting in and curling one past Ben Foster in the 38th minute.

His second, a cheeky back-heel flick late in the match, calmed Liverpool’s nerves after bottom-placed Watford briefly threatened to steal a point at Anfield.

Liverpool lead the league with 49 points from 17 games, and Klopp said he was happy they could grind out a win in a below-par display that was lit up only by Salah’s brilliance.

“It wasn’t the prettiest game but I am more than happy with that. At this stage you have to show resilience and I believe we did that today,” Klopp said.

“We have so many games but we are happy with this. Watford had their chances but we scored ours. We could have made the game easier but it’s intense to be constantly in charge.

“We have to defend with passion not organisation sometimes.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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