Klopp hails Salah’s desire to work for the team

After a poor run in front of goal for Mohamed Salah, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has jumped to his defence and said it is normal for players to go through phases without scoring.

Klopp, whose side have begun the season in great style and are yet to drop a point after five Premier League matches despite Salah's lack of goals, admitted the Egyptian's superb record had raised expectations.

The Egypt global who notched 44 goals across all competitions last season has failed to find the back of the net in his last three games - his joint-longest run without a goal since joining the Anfield outfit.

The England U21 star trained for the first time with his teammates after suffering the damage last time out, but Klopp says the game against The Saints has come too soon for him, adding: "Solanke trains for first time after concussion". "It is completely normal everyone expects that".

"I'd love to play in their front three, I'd fit in ideal!" There is no game where we have thought: 'Thank God we have played them.' None of the results we have this season would have been possible without the greed you have seen or without the aggression you see.

0:44                                            Salah has been 'outstanding', Klopp told reporters on Friday
0:44 Salah has been 'outstanding', Klopp told reporters on Friday

"No one remembers that, it is really no problem". "Really, he's in good shape and the most important thing is that physically he is in a very good shape and that helps".

Salah has started every game for Liverpool this so far this season, recording two assists in addition to his two goals. I am fine with him, I think he is fine with me and the situation, so that's all. So, the start was good for us as a team and for him as well.

Despite his side's win over the French champions, in which Roberto Firmino bagged a stoppage-time victor, Klopp still thinks PSG are among the favourites for this season's Champions League.

"Was it already like he finished last season, the Premier League season especially?" It's a different situation and that's all.

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  • Lawrence Cooper