Klopp: Salah is in form


"On the defensive side the last two games he was outstanding, perfect, and it is so important in these games especially, so that says everything about him; that he is really ready to work for the team in these moments".

"No one remembers that (how he started last season)".

Southampton have won one and drawn two of their first five matches and, having surrendered a two-goal lead in their draw with Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday, will have to step up their game to get anything at Anfield.

After a shoulder injury in May's Champions League final, Salah had a disappointing World Cup and on his return to English football does not yet look like the player who terrorised defences, scoring nearly at will.

Yet the Reds boss said that he couldn't be happier with his star man. "They want to feature and that is what we have to do for sure". He is still a threat, made fantastic situations in both our last games.

He said: "It takes courage to have the ball, and the more you have it the more chances you have to give it away".

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

"I never do that and the players should never do that, only the supporters are allowed to do that!"

"It's much too early to talk to him constantly about what and when and stuff like that". It was not the reason for taking him off, of course not, so I am fine with him. He's in good shape and scoring is not something that can be taken for granted. We didn't learn a lot which we didn't know before, but it's nice to see that we can do it.

"I think (Liverpool) are at a point in their development now where they clearly need to go for the Premier League title now", he added.

Manolo Gabbiadini will also be absent as a lower hamstring injury will keep him out of the sixth Premier League gameweek.

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.

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