Salah only needed time to return to world-class form, says Klopp
Mohamed Salah had a glamorous kickoff season with Liverpool as he netted a total of 44 goals, collecting seven best player of the month for the Reds and beating the mark of 33 goals, a record was held by Fernando Torres.
However, the Egypt international had a slower start to this season, before gaining back his spark in the last few appearances for the Reds as he slotted in six goals in only seven games.
And Klopp believes that Mohamed Salah only needed time to recover, especially after the Champions League final injury and the short rehabilitation time, which was caused by the World Cup.
“It’s not about the goal scoring, just overall performances. His body is back, the physical things he can rely on again,” Klopp said.
“After that, they all went to the World Cup. Egypt went out a little earlier but Mo played 94% or 95% fit because of the shoulder.
“He had no problem with the shoulder any more, it was not that it hurt, but being healthy does not mean you are 100%. He then had two, three weeks off. That is actually nothing. That is exactly the time the body needs to calm down a bit.
“The first three weeks of holiday for all players after such an intense season you do not even feel rest. You still have the season in your legs and mind. Then pre-season starts again.
The Egyptian has currently nine goals and four assists to his name this season, and Klopp insisted that Salah’s slow start was just due to his shoulder injury.
“For the first time in his life, it was clear that after scoring more than 40 goals, how do we deal with that?
“Obviously you all struggled a bit to deal with that. Will he score 40 goals again? You cannot score 40 goals in the first three games and how can he be convinced 100% that he scores again 40 goals? Is it even important to score 40 goals again? Of course not.
“It is just a personal situation. Do we talk about it or not? Do we leave it? He always tried everything. The only thing was his body needed time to adapt.
“Still a world-class player, still a threat in a game, but in the scoring situations, not the same calmness, coolness, whatever.
“Since before the last international break it was completely obvious in each session, it clicked again, he’s there.
“It was just a time factor. It is only that we don’t give them time because we don’t have the time. The season starts to be ready.
“If you are in doubt easily then it could affect you, but not for one second was he in doubt and I was not in doubt. Nobody here was in doubt actually,” Klopp concluded.
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