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Mohamed Salah urges Liverpool to 'win every game' - and says he's 'no fan' of VAR

Liverpool forward ended six-game goal drought with double in 3-1 win over West Ham

Mohamed Salah has urged his Liverpool teammates to maintain their winning momentum if they want to retain their Premier League title and also said he is "no fan" of VAR.

Salah scored two sumptuous goals in Sunday's 3-1 win at West Ham United, ending a six-game goal drought for the Egyptian.

Victory at the London Stadium was the Reds' second in the capital in the space of three days following Thursday's win at Tottenham Hotspur. The win moved Jurgen Klopp's side up to third in the table, four points behind leaders Manchester City although with a game in hand.

While Liverpool romped to the title in record fashion last season, they have been unable to repeat that form this term, losing three of their 21 league matches and drawing seven.

Salah said he believes the Reds cannot afford to slip up again before the end of the campaign.

He told Sky Sports after the match: "Every year is like that: if you want to win the league, you have to win every game.

"You just need to keep winning if you want to win the Premier League. It has been a good week.

"It was a good win for us today, a second game in a row. It was a tough game; they played a good game. I have scored a few goals against them; they are a tough team. We just need to carry on and keep winning."

The 28-year-old then gave an unprompted opinion of Video Assistant Referee system, saying the technology was taking the joy from the game, although it was not used in the match at the London Stadium.

"I don't like VAR, it kills the game off, that joy of football," he said. "In other countries they give the striker more space, but here - I don't want to complain about it or get fined - it is just my opinion about VAR. I don't like it."

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described Salah as "world-class" after seeing the Egyptian forward net twice against the Hammers to become the first Liverpool player to score at least 20 goals in four straight seasons since club great Ian Rush.

Salah's double took his tally for the season to 21 in all competitions and manager Klopp said the forward had an incredible appetite for goals.

"I'm not surprised. I work on a daily basis together with him and he'll never stop having a massive desire for scoring goals," Klopp told reporters.

He is a world-class player, there's no doubt about that

Salah cut in to curl home with his left foot in the 57th minute on Sunday for his first league goal since December 19. He doubled his team's advantage with a close-range finish 11 minutes later.

"He is a world-class player, there's no doubt about that. How I said in the last few weeks when we didn'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," Klopp added.

"Tonight he didn't force it. The first goal was a smart goal and in the last few weeks he probably would have tried to shoot through the legs, but this was really keeping the overview and chipping the ball into the far corner. Top-class goal."

Updated: February 1, 2021 02:46 PM

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