Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jürgen Klopp happy with Mohamed Salah despite lack of goals

Jürgen Klopp happy with Mohamed Salah despite lack of goals

Jurgen Klopp has rejected claims Mohamed Salah is going through a goalscoring crisis after netting twice in his first six games for Liverpool this season.

The Reds have enjoyed a dream start to the campaign as they extended their run to five consecutive victories in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend to remain joint top of the table alongside Chelsea. "Really, he's in good shape and the most important thing is that physically he is in a very good shape and that helps". Will it be 40 goals at the end of the season?

"The best news I have had in the last two weeks is how we have changed or reinvented again our defensive skills", he went on.

"Finishing is something you can never take for granted".

"They haven't won a league title for 28 years now, and the reason why I think they got to the Champions League final last season was a lot down to the energy the fans gave the players".

Milner and Co. will next be in action when they host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday (1930 GMT).

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Asked whether part of the problem was that Salah was expected to repeat last season's record-breaking form, Klopp added: "Of course, of course everyone expects that, that is clear".

"Yes, he [Firmino] is ready", Klopp said.

"Dejan is close. He looks really fit [and] did a lactate test last week so fitness-wise he is - for his situation - on a really OK level".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also recently reached a milestone in his rehabilitation from serious knee ligament damage by passing a ball for the first time since surgery.

The African forward was criticised for being wasteful in possession during Liverpool FC's 3-2 win over PSG in the Champions League.

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.

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