Jurgen Klopp’s message to Mo Salah ahead of Liverpool FC v Man City
Jurgen Klopp delivers his honest take on Mohamed Salah's start to the new season with Liverpool FC
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he is completely relaxed about Mohamed Salah’s slow start to the season for Liverpool FC.
Salah was one of world football’s top performing attacking players last season as he helped the Reds to reach the Champions League final and finish in fourth place in the Premier League table.
The 26-year-old netted 44 goals in all competitions for Klopp’s men last term and was recognised by his peers for his fine display as he was voted as the PFA player of the year.
The Egypt international has made a slower start to this campaign by his own high standards, netting three times and making one assist in seven Premier League outings so far this term.
He will be hoping to help to fire Liverpool FC to a victory over Manchester City at Anfield when they take on the Premier League leaders this weekend.
Salah has obviously been finding himself under the microscope this term following his fantastic displays in his first campaign at Anfield last season.
And Klopp has insisted that he has no concerns at all about Salah’s form heading into this weekend’s crunch game against Manchester City at Anfield.
Speaking at his pre-match news conference at Melwood on Friday, Klopp said of Salah’s form: “Obviously, expectations changed, that’s normal. He set completely new standards last year [for goal-scoring], but for all the rest [of his game] it’s what he did last year.
“Nobody expected 10 goals after five, six or seven games, so it was a nice surprise. Each striker could write a book about these moments when you score without knowing how exactly it works, how you did it, with each ball in a perfect way and stuff like that. It’s so rare when it happens like that; 98 per cent of a striker’s career is the hardest work and only two per cent is the kind of easy going stuff.
“It’s all good. The only thing that has massively changed is the kind of questions you ask. Last year, I don’t think he was a big story from the beginning to talk about. Then it started to become a slightly positive story, ‘wow, not bad’ and then ‘oh, even better’ and stuff like that. It all was a surprise.
“That’s the world out there and that’s how it is in my job. If I win games, I know everything about football. If I lose three in a row, people think I have no clue about football. Both are not true – the truth is always somewhere in between.
“I am completely relaxed. I didn’t say Mo should relax because he has to work hard, but that’s what he is doing. It is a completely normal situation, nothing to worry about and I am relaxed about it.”
Liverpool FC fans will certainly be hoping to see Salah return to top form as quickly as possible as the Reds look to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title this term.
The Merseyside outfit are still looking to win their first major trophy under Klopp and an in-form Salah is likely to be central to any title triumph from the Reds this season.
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Salah’s form came as something of a surprise last season following his move from AS Roma, with the Egypt international previously having failed to impress on a consistent basis during his time at fellow Premier League side Chelsea FC.