Liverpool boss Klopp explains reasons behind Salah’s slow start
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp pointed out the reasons that slowed down Egypt international Mohamed Salah at the start of the season.
Mohamed Salah had a rough start this season when compared to his stunning 44-goal debut season with Liverpool, however, the Egyptian star seems to be getting back to his form in the past recent weeks.
This season, Salah scored 14 goals in 25 games with the Reds in all competitions. He also produced six assists. With 11 goals in the Premier League, the winger is now the league’s second top scorer, one goal behind Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick-Abuameyang.
“He had to adapt a bit to a slightly different position,” Klopp told the press. “He had to adapt a bit to a slightly different position.
“We need his link-up play, but he is still with the desire and the speed over the first few yards. He’s impressive, and a very important part of our finishing situations.
“Of course he’s young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It’s not just speed, it’s not just finishing, it’s a lot of things, between the lines and keeping the ball.
“But you need your body for that and that was the problem.”
Salah managed to possess a major number of individual awards last season including the Premier League top scorer and Premier League Player of the Year, in addition to making the final three-man shortlist for FIFA The Best Men’s Player of the Year.
He also recently won the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
“At the start of the season, part of Mo’s body was not perfect. If you work in an office, if your shoulder is not 100 percent and it is not your writing hand, then you’re okay.
“But if you’re a footballer, you have to wait until it’s 100 percent. But we knew he was still a world-class player but we had to wait a little bit. It’s all good.”