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Liverpool: Klopp blames squad change for Mohamed Salah’s form

Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool
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The Liverpool forward has failed to live up to expectations this season as Reds continue their goalscoring struggles.

Jurgen Klopp believes changes in Liverpool’s front line have prevented Mohamed Salah from reaching his peak form this season.

Sadio Mane was a cornerstone of the Reds’ attacking line before leaving the club in the summer. Klopp has also seen the likes of Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, and Luis Diaz deal with constant fitness issues.

The Reds have added Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo to their squad this season. But the forward pair are yet to fully integrate into Klopp’s tactics.

Asked about Salah’s unexpected dip in form, Klopp said on Saturday: “Oh yes, of course he is suffering.

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

“It is specific, offensive play that requires a lot of work and lot of information, and not always obvious information. 

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

“That is not cool but we cannot expect just to be back to our best and win 5-0 and go to the next game. 

“We have to work hard. Nobody wants to hear it but we have to do it.”

Liverpool will face Brighton in an FA Cup game on Sunday before meeting Wolves in the Premier League on February 4.