Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is not perturbed by Mohamed Salah’s slow start to the season ahead of Sunday’s huge Premier League clash with Manchester City.
Salah enjoyed a sensational first season with the Reds last term, scoring 32 times in the league as the records tumbled.
The Egypt international set a new benchmark for goals in a single 38-game Premier League season and became the first African player to reach 30.
He was also instrumental in the Champions League, playing a vital role as Liverpool made it to the final, where his campaign sadly ended early as he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first half of the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.
Salah’s start to the new season has failed to live up to expectations, having scored just three goals and set up one, but Klopp – who has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award – insists everything is fine with the forward.
“Expectations changed, that’s normal as he set a new standard,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.
“Nobody expected 10 goals after five, six, seven games. Each striker could write a book about these moments, scoring without knowing how.
“It’s so rare, 98 per cent of a striker’s work is the hardest work, two per cent is the easy-going stuff.”