Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists there is no crisis surrounding Mohamed Salah’s form and says expectations are too high. The 26-year-old enjoyed a stellar first year at Anfield, scoring 44 goals in total and setting a new Premier League record of 32 goals for a 38-game campaign.
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 almost at will.
However, his tally of two goals from six matches in all competitions compares to three from half-a-dozen this time last year.
“Wow, that’s a crisis,” said Klopp sarcastically. “No-one remembers that, it is really no problem.
“On the defensive side the last two games he was outstanding, perfect, and it is so important in these games especially, so that says everything about him: that he is really ready to work for the team in these moments.
“It is a completely normal situation for an offensive player that they have times when they don’t score. But he is still a threat, had fantastic situations in both games and he is in good shape.
“Finishing is something you can never take for granted. I would never do that, the players should never do that – only the supporters are allowed to do that.”
Klopp was asked whether the perception that Salah was not doing well was because many people expected him to repeat last season’s heroics.
“Of course. Of course everyone expects that, that is clear. It is completely normal everyone expects that,” added the Reds boss.
“We don’t expect that. We want him to score as often as possible.
“I am fine with him, I think he is fine with me and the situation. At the end of the season we will see how it was, not at the beginning.
“The start was good for the team and also him as well. It wasn’t like he finished last season but he needed time last year and we will take time this year.”