Salah can replicate remarkable form, says Jurgen Klopp
Following a fantastic debut season in which he netted 44 goals in all competitions, became a game-changer for his club and won multiple individual awards, some claimed that he will not be able to perform in a similar way in his second season with Liverpool.
“He’s a very smart person,” Jurgen Klopp told the media before his team defeated Leicester City in the Premier League 2-1. Salah started the game and was replaced in the 70th minute by Swiss International Xherdan Shaqiri.
“He’s not thinking about the end of last season, he knows our game here, he knows he had no number in his mind or thought, ‘OK, let me score a new record’.
“It was only ever, ‘Let’s score goals. Let’s play football’. And to me he looks like he is exactly in that mood again, only with more confidence, because now he knows it’s possible.
“But that is the only change. We need him to score goals but not overly. And that’s how it looks from him. He’s not a kid anymore and he doesn’t expect that everything will be like this all the time. If it is not like that anymore, then he will dig deep, he is completely settled.
A recent conflict between Salah and the Egyptian FA has risen to the surface after the player showed his dejection for being ignored by the domestic federation. Fans fear that such a dispute might affect the player’s performance.
“I’m not worried about his focus, because I spoke to him. I can’t see that [affecting his club form] at the moment,” Klopp added. “It’s 100 percent clear he wants to play for his country from his heart and he wants to play for us.
“The rest is… you have to sort it and they have to sort it. When was the last time Egypt had a player like him? They need to get used to it. So far, maybe it was not perfect. Make it perfect, and then everything will be fine in the end,” the coach concluded.
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