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Klopp defends Salah despite poor form

Jurgen Klopp has defended the disappointing start to the season being encountered by Mo Salah this season, suggesting it is just a temporary blip.

Having had a sensational debut campaign for Liverpool last season, scoring an incredible 44 goals in all competitions, the Egyptian King has only managed to find the net three times to date this time out.

His disappointing start to the season continued at Stamford Bridge on Saturday Evening against his former side Chelsea, where he found himself being subbed in the second half, leaving Jurgen Klopp to answer questions about his £35 million star.

“[The substitution] was tactical, he was not injured,” Klopp said in his post-match press conference.

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“It was not Mo’s best game of his career, 100 per cent. But coming in a game like this, constantly in situations like he comes in, that makes a world-class player.

“You fail, you miss, whatever, that happens. No problem with that.

“But I want him so that he wants to be decisive, to score in these situations.

“You could see the first ball he missed a bit, it was not in the right position, and the next ball he passed! Why? He could have shot.

“It’s like riding a bike. It’s not that you wake up in the morning and you can’t finish, you can’t ride a bike any more. That’s how it is.

“You need to work for these moments when it’s clicking. That’s the period he’s in; no problem with that.”

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