Jurgen Klopp brushed aside suggestions that Mohamed Salah has lost his magic touch this season during his press conference yesterday.
The Egyptian winger hasn’t scored since the start of February, though he did help create the winning goal against Tottenham on Sunday.
And his manager has insisted that as long as the No.11 remains involved in Liverpool’s goals and wants to score, he’s content.
“If you talk about the team and it hasn’t scored for two or three games, you say okay…. but as long as we create the chances everything is fine,” Klopp said.
“The moment we don’t create chances that’s when we have the problem. That’s the 100% truth. It’s not the answer people want to hear but it is the truth. Mo feels the same. As long as he’s involved and as long as there’s chances there’s no doubt.
“He’s always there with the speed and this gives us so much space in different moments to play, he’s always a threat in behind.
“It’s very good for us of course if he scores now. How many goals have we scored? Quite a few. All is okay. Let’s try again and again, individually and as a team.
“I don’t like it when a player goes to a game and thinks ‘I have to score’. I prefer ‘I want to score’.
“We have different situations in the season and setting up goals is just as important. It might not be as exciting in the stats or whatever but Mo has scored 17 goals and seven assists (in the Premier League). That’s impressive, actually – a good number, let’s carry on.”
Klopp also addressed concerns that his side don’t score enough goals from midfield.
“I hear we don’t score enough from the midfield position, this kind of stuff,” Klopp added.
“Everybody asks for perfection but we have to use our set-up to our advantage and use the full backs. That is normal.
“The midfielders have slightly different jobs to do and the strikers as well. This is clear. The general outcome is important and we have 79 points.”
On Salah drawing more attention from defenders this season and thereby allowing teammates Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to have more goal-scoring opportunities, the manager added: “Yeah, 100%.”
“This year we don’t rely on Mo’s goals, but he’s still in a very good position in comparison to all the other players.
“His career is not over. He scored 20 goals this year, so he’s scored 60 in the last two. Wow! That’s not too bad.
“He’s a threat, he helps us a lot and he deals with new situations really well. He doesn’t seem to be bothered that he hasn’t scored in a few games, and I’m not. As long as we work together and do the right things, he will be fine.
“The answer for problems in football is always work rate. Do it again and again, as much as you can, as fast as you can, and the ball will one day bounce in your direction.”