Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp not expecting goals repeat

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp not expecting goals repeat

Jurgen Klopp said he is not anxious about Mohamed Salah's start to the campaign and believes the forward is being harshly compared to last season's standards.

After a shoulder injury in May's Champions League final, Salah had a disappointing World Cup and on his return to English football does not yet look like the player who terrorised defences, scoring nearly at will.

The Egypt global scored 44 goals last season but has found the net only twice so far this season, although that is similar to a year ago when he had three from half-a-dozen games.

"Yes of course", said Klopp.

"No one remembers that, it is really no problem". Intense game, it was all good, fantastic game.

"I like to drop off, in that number ten role, and if you've got two players who are that quick to play in on either side of you, it's a striker's dream". I never do that - only supporters can do that.

The injury-plagued England worldwide, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, returned to the starting line-up in midweek and rewarded his manager's faith with the opening goal in a dramatic 3-2 win over PSG.

"Everybody expects that [matching last season], that's clear. It is completely normal everyone expects that".

"We don't expect that". "We want him to score as often as possible and that's how it is".

0:44                                            Salah has been 'outstanding', Klopp told reporters on Friday
0:44 Salah has been 'outstanding', Klopp told reporters on Friday

"I am fine with him, I think he is fine with me and the situation".

The 26-year-old has set unbelievably high standards for himself after last season's brilliant first year at Anfield and many feel that he's nowhere near those heights at the beginning of this campaign.

He was also named in the 2017-18 PFA Team of the Year. "He needed time last year, like we all needed time, and it will take time this year, that's all".

While last season all the praise was lavished on Liverpool's front three, so far it has been the midfield which has been winning all the plaudits.

An eye injury restricted Firmino to the substitutes' bench for Tuesday night's Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain, with Sturridge starting in his place.

Salah was substituted after giving the ball away in the build-up to PSG's second goal, which nearly earned the French side an unlikely draw after trailing 2-0 in Tuesday's Champions League opener.

"Dejan is close", said Klopp.

"In football it can sound like a massive age, 32, but he's still young. He's a proper professional, so his body gives him the opportunity".

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