Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are not reliant on Mohamed Salah’s goals this season.
Salah finished as the Premier League’s top scorer last season with a record 32 goals, but has failed to hit those same heights so far this season currently sitting on 17 league strikes.
The 26-year-old has scored just once in his past nine league fixtures, though it was the forward’s header which forced Toby Alderweireld’s late own goal in the win over Tottenham last weekend.
“You could see at the end – it was an own goal – it was his decisive header which forced it,” Klopp said.
“I’m sure it felt like his goal. It’s not important if it counts, just that he was in the decisive position. How the ball went in was luck, but that Mo was in that situation came from the training ground. We wanted him to be in that position around the second ball.
“Usually Mo is not in the box for those second balls, but here he was and we stuck to that. I was really pleased when I watched it back.”
Klopp admits his side are less reliant on Salah’s goals this season, though says the Egyptian’s record still compares favourably to his Premier League peers
“This year we don’t rely on Mo’s goals, but he’s still in a very good position in comparison to all the other players,” said Klopp.
“Seventeen goals is a good number and there are still a lot of games to come.
“I don’t know what the three boys had (goals) last year at this time, but this year I think it’s 17, 17 (Sadio Mane) and Bobby (Firmino) has 14? That’s impressive again.
“If you have only one, you think maybe you rely a bit too much on that.
“He scored 40 goals last year, all the awards came after, then you are not 100 per cent when pre-season starts. The shoulder was still a problem, but he did everything brilliant.
“His career is not over. He scored 20 goals this year, so he scored 60 in the last two. Wow! That’s not too bad. He’s a threat, he helps us a lot and he deals with new situations really well. Sometimes you need a bit of time to adapt, but I don’t think he needed that really. He doesn’t seem to be bothered that he hasn’t scored in a few games, and I’m not. As long as we work together and do the right things, he will be fine.
“The answer for problems in football is always work rate. Do it again and again, as much as you can, as fast as you can, and the ball will one day bounce in your direction.”