Jurgen Klopp has held talks with Mohamed Salah to reassure his star forward that a testing start to the season will not become a prolonged dip.
The Egyptian was substituted in high-profile fixtures against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea last month and his frustrated reaction following both games has given the impression that the weight of trying to match last season’s tally of 44 goals is causing him angst.
There is no question Salah has the support of his team-mates to get through this phase, with midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insisting ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Napoli: ‘Mo is not someone who is scared of pressure — he embraces pressure.’
Jurgen Klopp has spoken to Mohamed Salah to reassure him after a testing start to the season
Salah, right, has been substituted twice in high-profile games as he bids to hit peak form
Even so, Klopp has spoken to Salah to put his mind at rest. He has urged him not to try too hard to correct his form as it will all come naturally. ‘Be relaxed, completely relaxed, because there is no need for anything else,’ said Klopp. ‘The quality is there, so everything is fine. If you play tennis and your forehand is good but the next day your forehand is not there, you think, “What is it?” That’s how sport works.
‘It is about confidence. His game is really good. His last game (at Chelsea) was really good — he was in the positions but then the last two balls were not too cool. That happens. He lost balls in those situations last year.
‘If you don’t score 10 goals in your first seven games, everyone asks can you do it again. It is not that interesting. Ian Rush did not score 40 goals in 10 seasons, season after season. That is