Mohamed Salah's Champions League final injury to blame for slow Liverpool start - Jurgen Klopp

David Lynch
Evening Standard

Mohamed Salah’s slow start to the season was a result of the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final, according to Jurgen Klopp.

The Egyptian’s 44-goal debut campaign with Liverpool came to a heartbreaking end as he was withdrawn in the early stages of a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev.

And, while Salah subsequently returned in time to feature for his country at the World Cup over the summer, Klopp has revealed that his No.11 was still feeling the effects of his clash with Sergio Ramos.

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He believes that, along with a slight change of position, contributed to a return of just three goals from the first 11 fixtures of the new campaign.

But the Reds boss never doubted that last season’s Premier League top scorer would get back to his best eventually.

"He had to adapt a bit to a slightly different position. It's not that much different, but it is different," he said.

"We need his link-up play, but he is still with the desire and the speed over the first few yards. He's impressive, and a very important part of our finishing situations.

"Of course he's young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It's not just speed, it's not just finishing, it's a lot of things, between the lines and keeping the ball.

"But you need your body for that and that was a the problem.

"At the start of the season, part of Mo's body was not perfect. If you work in an office, if your shoulder is not 100 per cent and it is not your writing hand, then you're okay.

"But if you're a footballer, you have to wait until it's 100 per cent. But we knew he was still a world-class player but we had to wait a little bit.

"It's all good."

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