Klopp relaxed about Salah’s Liverpool drought
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is relaxed about Mohamed Salah ’ s goalscoring drought, saying the Egyptian forward remains a key part of the title chasers’ attacking armoury.
Salah , who scored 44 times in his maiden season at Anfield , has gone eight matches without finding the net but still has 20 goals in 2018 /19 and played a pivotal part in the last – gasp winner against Tottenham on Sunday .
“ When everybody is talking about ‘ he didn ’ t score in I don ’ t know how many games ’ , he doesn ’ t seem to be bothered about it. I ’ m not , ” Klopp said on Wednesday .
“ For sure we didn ’ t really speak about it. I think if something is clear and obvious you do speak about it. How do you deal with a situation when he scored 40 goals last year?
“ His career’ s not over . It’ s like if he can score this year 20 goals then he ’ s scored 60 in the last two . Wow , that ’ s not too bad . ”
Salah ’ s success last season means he has attracted more attention from opponents in the current campaign , often being double – marked .
It has had the effect , though , of benefiting teammates , with Sadio Mane ( 20 goals) and Roberto Firmino ( 14 ) taking on some of the burdens.
“ Sometimes you need a bit of time to adapt to the new situations and I don ’ t think he really needed that , ” said Klopp on Salah ’ s overall value to the side and how he has coped with the close attention .
“ He ’ s a threat . He helps us a lot . He deals with all the new situations for him really well.
“ If you have only one ( goalscorer) , you think maybe you rely a bit too much on that . This year we don ’ t rely on Mo ’ s goals, but he ’ s still in a very good position in comparison to all the other players .
“ Seventeen (league ) goals is a good number, and there are still a lot of games to come . But it was never a problem . We have 79 points — you cannot have that with a lot of problems over the year . ”
Liverpool travel to Southampton on Friday and Klopp reported a clean bill of health after a minor injury worry over defender Virgil van Dijk following the win over Tottenham