Jurgen Klopp has denied Liverpool have any concerns about Mohamed Salah despite the Egyptian being on the periphery for much of the 0-0 Merseyside derby draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. The German admitted he wanted Salah to be involved more centrally but insists it is not a running theme in spite of the fact Liverpool’s top scorer last season has not looked his usual self so far this term.
Salah almost won it for Liverpool late on only to be denied by man of the match Jordan Pickford, who was brilliant throughout. Yet otherwise – despite improving after Roberto Firmino’s half-time introduction – Salah was largely ineffective and is struggling to be the talismanic tour de force he was 12 months ago.
Asked if Salah is intentionally spending more time out wide and away from goal this season, Klopp responded to a journalist in his post-match press conference: “It’s not more than in other seasons, I’m not sure what you see there. We don’t want to have that. We want to have Mo there in the position and we want to have, and have had Mo, in central positions as well.
“Today especially we wanted to use Mo a bit more centrally. But we didn’t have a lot of time to train. We only recovered. I spoke a lot of about it, I’m not sure I was clear enough what I exactly wanted in the first half.
“In the moments when we played and Mo dropped or Lucho [Diaz] dropped, after two or three passes, they were completely free in between the lines because Darwin kept the last line back with his pure presence.
“They like to drop pretty early but we didn’t do that often, you’re right. I don’t think in the season he’s too often wide but maybe today in a few moments yes. In general, he could’ve scored again in the last minute pretty much. So yeah, that’s it.”
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