Sat 28 January 2023 | 9:39

Klopp explains why Salah's Liverpool form has suffered this season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah has suffered this season because of changes in their frontline.



Sadio Mane

last summer, and players like Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz have missed many games due to injuries. Roberto Firmino also has been on the bench in most games after the arrival of Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo.


, the three-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, has only scored seven times in the Premier League this season and Klopp believes his form has suffered because of being part of an unsettled front three.

"Of course he is suffering,"

said Klopp ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round clash with in-form Brighton and Hove Albion.

"It is specific, offensive play that requires a lot of work and a lot of information."

"It was a well-drilled machine the front three, everything was clear what we were doing,"

the German added.

"You create a feeling about a lot of these things, about where your team-mate is and where to pass the ball without looking."

Klopp insisted that new players Nunez and Gakpo need time to adapt themselves to their teammates.

"Now we have Cody as a really important asset, like a connector, he can play the wing and the centre as well,"

he added.

"When Darwin is playing there he is obviously more high up, going in behind. We never played with a nine before, even when Sadio played in the position he was dropping in moments.

"It is all good if they would all be in and we could build something, but we haven't been able to do that yet."

Liverpool is in ninth place in the Premier League after 19 matches. They are 10 points behind fourth-placed side Manchester United, albeit with one game in hand.

Klopp believes scoring goals is not their problem at the moment, and he has no concern about their attack.

"If you had scored hundreds of goals in the past and now you are not scoring then that is the first thing you would think about, but that is not our problem at the moment,"

he said.

"But usually you have a real basis to build on and that is what we don't have. The problem is you need time and nobody wants to invest time.

"I wish everything would be easier again and that already we had qualified for finals at the end of the season. This situation is not perfect but the basis of the last two games is something I like."

source: SportMob

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