Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Mo Salah’s goal scoring drought ahead of Liverpool vs Manchester City
Jurgen Klopp has been speaking about Mohamed Salah’s recent lack of goals.
The Egyptian had a simply sensational first half of the 2021/22 campaign.
However, Salah has now scored just one goal in his last nine Liverpool outings across all competitions.
But, when asked about Salah’s recent form, and if he was backing the 29-year-old to come good during the run-in, Klopp told reporters: “Yeah, yeah. It’s just in our business the problem we have is that in January he had the most intense period in his whole career.
“The [Afcon] tournament went until the wire. They [Egypt] played in the final, they had all these 120 minutes, the role he has is super, super massive. There is a huge responsibility on his shoulders with dressing room meetings and stuff like this with no recovery at all.
“Then you have the issue of being a superstar in your own country and everyone wanting something from you. It is all super intense. Again – that is ok for the boys. But now we are in a period where there is no down (time?) and that is completely normal.
“A player like Mo who likes to dribble – and he is really good, he scored outstanding goals with dribbling. Do I say to him ‘don’t dribble?’ No! It is dribble in the right moments and keep the ball, keep it simple – all these kind of things.
“But the boys here are focused every day. I know that Mo will finish strong. It’s just at the moment we have to reset because each game for us is a final.”
Manchester City vs Liverpool
Klopp he will be hopeful Salah ends his goal-scoring drought on Saturday when Liverpool face Manchester City in the FA Cup.
The tie is a huge one for both sides in their respective hunts for silverware this term.
Liverpool have already won the League Cup in 2022, so their hopes of securing a quadruple are still very much alive.
Man City, meanwhile, cannot win the quadruple but the best treble – FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League – remains available to them at present.