Jurgen Klopp: What I told Mo Salah about his Liverpool FC form
The Liverpool FC manager is relaxed about Mohamed Salah's form
Jurgen Klopp has urged Mohamed Salah to “relax” after the Liverpool FC striker’s slow start to the season.
The Egypt international has scored three times in the Premier League this term but Salah has looked a little off the pace in the opening months of the campaign.
Salah has set himself as a high bar after the African forward netted an incredible 43 goals in all competitions in his first season at the Merseyside outfit.
The 25-year-old was named the PFA player of the year after Salah netted 32 times in the Premier League to help Liverpool FC finish in fourth place.
Salah contributed 10 goals in the Champions League to help the Reds reach the final before a 3-1 loss to La Liga side Real Madrid in Kiev back in May.
The former Fiorentina forward suffered a dislocated shoulder following a clash with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
Salah’s injury setback affected his World Cup campaign with Egypt and has perhaps impacted the start of the current Premier League campaign.
The Liverpool FC number 11 missed a number of chances in the Merseyside outfit’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC last weekend as Klopp hauled off his star player midway through the second half.
However, the Reds manager isn’t worried about Salah’s underwhelming start to the season.
“[I told Salah to] be relaxed, completely relaxed, because there is no need for anything else,” Klopp told his pre-match media conference on Tuesday.
“The quality is there and so everything is fine. There’s nothing that I can tell you here (about what he had said to Salah) because that’s between us like always. But it was absolutely clear that we would stand in a situation like this here and talk about it.
“Even Harry Kane, he scored two goals last week, but before that people were saying ‘he’s not even half the Harry Kane of last year’. For us, it is completely cool. If the player is not happy with it – that is clear. If you have a chance, you want to score.”
Salah moved to Liverpool FC in a £39m deal from Serie A side AS Roma in the 2017 summer transfer window.
The Egyptian forward is coming under pressure to prove that he won’t succumb to second season syndrome in the Premier League.
Salah finished just short of former Wales international Ian Rush’s record of 47 goals in an individual campaign for Liverpool FC.
The Reds star did eclipse Luis Suarez’s tally of 31 goals in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season under Brendan Rodgers.
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Salah will be hoping to retain his starting spot for Liverpool FC’s home clash against Manchester City at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday evening.
The former AS Roma star scored three times against Pep Guardiola’s side in four meetings in the Champions League and the Premier League.