Jurgen Klopp admits ‘every story’ affects Mohamed Salah – Liverpool FC
Jurgen Klopp had addressed Mohamed Salah’s struggling form for Liverpool, without a goal from open play in eight games, admitting “all stories” affect him.
Salah was once again far from his best as the Reds won 3-1 at Benfica, with the Egyptian out after an hour in Lisbon.
The Liverpool No.11 has recorded at least twice as many unsuccessful touches as any other player (eight), while only Sadio Mane has produced passing accuracy below his 76.7%.
Basically, it was another scoreless game in open play, with that eight-game streak dating back to mid-February and the 3-1 win over Norwich.
It was pointed out in Klopp’s post-match press conference that his exchange with Salah after his substitution was only brief, but the manager described it as ‘completely normal’.
“I didn’t do anything different from what I usually do,” he explained.
“If the game is kind of decided, you’re a bit more with the players coming out.
“If the game is open, as it was, then you just give a pat and about everything else we can talk later.”
The concern over Salah’s goal drought and overall loss of form comes amid a period of scrutiny for the 29-year-old as speculation mounts over his future.
While he struggled unsuccessfully with Egypt in defeats to Senegal in both the Africa Cup of Nations final and World Cup qualifiers, his agent made things more difficult with stories of new contract talks reaching an impasse.
As Klopp continued, he noted ‘all the stories’ surrounding Salah at the moment, acknowledging a ‘difficult time’ after missing a clear chance early on.
“Every player in this situation wants to score, and obviously with all the stories around, it’s clear Mo wants to score too, especially right now,” he added.
” But everything is fine. It’s a difficult time, the two boys came back from Africa, it’s really not easy.
“[They had] massive pressure on both of their shoulders. Both have had to sort it out for their country – the managers have their part in that too, to put it on them I think – and that now needs some time to sort itself out.
“That’s all, [it was an] important game for Mo and Sadio tonight.
“One might score, the other unfortunately not, but it will be fine.”