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Mohamed Salah needs to relax, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Mohamed Salah needs to relax, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool manager has revealed the advice he has given to following his slow start to the season.

The Egyptian international is yet to recapture his last season’s form as he managed to score only three goals while assisting two in nine games across all competitions.

READ: Wijnaldum backs out-of-form Mohamed Salah to handle pressure

And his manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken on the Egyptian’s recent form, saying he has given him a pep talk ahead of the Napoli clash on Wednesday.

The German believes Salah should not be judged solely on his goals as he contributes more to the team than just goals.

“If you play tennis and your forehand is good and the next day your forehand is not there you think, ‘What is it?’ That’s how sport works,” Klopp said.

“It is about your confidence. His game is really good. His last game was really good – he was in the positions but then the last two balls were not too cool. That happens.

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READ: Napoli coach Ancelotti speaks about Salah ahead of Liverpool clash

“He lost balls in those situations last year. How do you deal with it? Be relaxed, completely relaxed, because there is no need for anything else. Completely relaxed. The quality is there and so everything is fine.”

Asked what he had said to Salah, Klopp replied: “Nothing that I can tell you here because that is between us, like always. The only thing that is obvious – it was absolutely clear that we would stand in a situation like this here, and talk about it.

“Even Harry Kane. They talk about this, and now he scored last week two goals. Before that, he was ‘not even half he was last year’  – that is what people were saying, stuff like that.”

“My problem is if I say now that I spoke to Mo then all the people will be guessing what I said to him and that makes it much bigger. If I spoke to him then I know what I would have to say,” he added.

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“There are not big talks necessary, just a completely normal situation. Even Ian Rush didn’t score 40 goals in 10 seasons, season after season. That’s not how it works.

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“You have to be a proper threat. As an offensive player you have to work hard. At the end of season it depends how much success we have as a team if it is successful or not. There is no personal success possible. All awards are for everyone. We do what we do best.

“So in these situations going through them there is no advice, you can not give it, because the experience they make themselves. They know. ‘I didn’t score, I didn’t score, so next time I pass.’ But it is about judging the situation again. ‘Can I shoot? Yes. Score.’

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