Sat 04 February 2023 | 8:54

Klopp defends Salah amid criticism of Liverpool form

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has defended Mohamad Salah over criticism that he has not been at his best since signing a new contract.


extended his contract with


until 2025 last summer, but hasn't quite lived up to his very high expectations this season.

Liverpool is in 10th place in the table, and the 30-year-old forward has scored only seven goals in the Premier League.  

Ahead of the game against Wolves,


insisted that Salah is still a world-class player and can help Liverpool to achieve something special this season.

Klopp told reporters:

"That attitude and these kind of things are not Mo's problem.

"Mo's a world-class athlete, so he's the first in, last out, trains hard. Now he's not scoring, but there's people out there that think, 'why did they give Klopp a contract?', so that's how it is in our world.

"It's completely fine. If we don't deliver in the moments, if there's criticism, it's no problem.

"You can question character, knowledge, ability, everything. You have the right to do everything, but you cannot score the amount of goals Mo scored if you are not an outstanding, world-class football player."

He added:

"There are moments when Mo of course would have scored last year. You think that had something to do with the new contract or whatever?

"That's just not right. Things are like they are and the only way we can stop all these questions and discussions is by performing to our top, top level and that's what we have to do and what we will work on.

"We are really on it, and we are still straight, positive, we want to play in the games and we believe in our chances to reach something special even this year.

"It's not great to be not leader of the pack, but we are in a position where we can improve a lot the situation in the table and we have to start tomorrow and continue from there."

source: SportMob

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