Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp (C-R) and Mohamed Salah (C-L)
Friday Nov 30, 2018. 12:00
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Mohamed Salah struggled due to a lack of rest in the first few months of the season.
The Egypt international scored 44 goals in his maiden season at Anfield, in a campaign that ended with defeat in the Uefa Champions League final to Real Madrid.
Salah suffered a shoulder injury in the loss to the Spanish giants in Kiev, which duly ruled him out of Egypt's opening game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Following a slow start to his particularly lofty standards, Klopp believes something has clicked for Salah and that the 26-year-old is now back to his best form as the Reds set their sights on Merseyside rivals Everton this weekend.
"They all went to the World Cup, a very long World Cup. Egypt went out earlier but Mo played a World Cup at 94 or 95 per cent fit because of the shoulder. He then had two, three weeks off. That is nothing," Klopp is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.
"Then pre-season starts again and for the first time in his life it was clear that after scoring more than 40 goals it is - how do we deal with that? Will he score 40 goals again? Is it even important to score 40 goals again? Of course not.
Klopp continued: "He always tried everything. The only thing was his body needed time to adapt. Still a world-class player, still a threat in a game, but in the scoring situations not the same calmness or the same coolness.
"But since before the last international break it was completely obvious in each training session it had clicked again. He's there.
"People need time but you, we, don't give them time because we don't have time. If you are in doubt easily then it could affect you but not for one second was he in doubt and I was not in doubt.
"Even Mo Salah is a human being and he needed time," Klopp concluded.
Despite his critics, Salah has directly contributed to 13 goals in 19 appearances across all competitions this season, netting four goals in his last five league games.