Jurgen Klopp defends Mohamed Salah after poor run of form

Jurgen Klopp defends Mohamed Salah after poor run of form

Jurgen Klopp defends Mohamed Salah after poor run of form

Salah has now gone three games without a goal after failing to score against Paris Saint-Germain - his joint longest run without a goal since joining the Reds.

The Egypt worldwide scored 44 goals last season but has found the net only twice so far this season, although that is similar to a year ago when he had three from half-a-dozen games.

"On the defensive side, the last two games he was outstanding, perfect", Klopp continued.

In the same period Southampton have scored none or one in 16 of their 21 away games, which suggests not much should be expected of them especially with Ings unavailable. "It is completely normal there are times when an offensive player does not score". He's in good shape and scoring is not something that can be taken for granted.

It was just Klopp making a tactical change. It's really no problem, we constantly have to deal with new situations.

The diminutive midfielder made his first start for Liverpool in the Premier League against Southampton.

Meanwhile, Firmino is fit enough to return to Liverpool's starting lineup after being forced to start as a substitute in midweek with an abrasion of the eye.

Southampton head to Anfield sitting 13th in the division after drawing 2-2 with Brighton on Monday night which saw the south coast club concede a stoppage time penalty having been 2-0 up so Mark Hughes will be desperate to make up for that result tomorrow.

"Yes, he [Firmino] is ready", Klopp said. I don't think so.

"Now their squad, which will sustain them during the season, looks really strong as well, that could be the difference this year".

"Dom trains today, (for the) first time after his concussion".

"He had, for sure, moments like this, but he's such a positive [person]. He's a big miss for us".

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