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Jurgen Klopp admits Mohamed Salah needs help from team mates as forward’s poor record against top six continues

MO HELP NEEDED

The Egyptian has only scored once in eight matches against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp has admitted Mohamed Salah needs more help from his team mates.

The Egyptian forward struggled to make an impact in the Reds’s goalless draw at Manchester United on Sunday – continuing his poor goalscoring record against the top six this season.

Klopp says Salah needs more help from his team mates

Klopp says Salah needs more help from his team mates

Salah, 26, has now scored once in eight matches against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal – with his solitary goal coming from the spot against the Gunners.

Although he is the joint top scorer this term – level with Sergio Aguero on 17 – his blank against United meant he has gone an entire year without scoring against the top six.

Klopp has admitted his talisman and last year’s PFA Player of the Year needs more help from his peers to influence games.

“Two months ago we played against Bournemouth and he was the star in the sky”, Klopp said.

“It is about how we use him, how we play him, how we move and all that stuff. Against United, Lindelof and Shaw together did a pretty good job.”

Shaw put in a very good display and handled Salah very well

Shaw put in a very good display and handled Salah very well

Salah has himself admitted he has found it tougher this season – with teams often opting to double-up on him following his extraordinary debut season last term.

He said: “This season is much more difficult for me than last season but there is a misunderstanding from people as they always judge you in one way.

Firmino was withdrawn from the derby and Salah now may have a run of games as a no.9

Firmino was withdrawn from the derby and Salah now may have a run of games as a no.9

“I don’t like that much but I don’t care too much because I’m helping the team win games and I’m still the top scorer in the Premier League.”

Klopp has been more flexible with his tactics this season, with Salah occasionally deployed as no.9  – and after Roberto Firmino hobbled off in Sunday’s derby and left Old Trafford on crutches, the former Chelsea man has said he is happy to play in that position more.

Salah is the joint top scorer in the league

Salah is the joint top scorer in the league

He said: “The manager talks to me about it. It depends on the game and the tactics the manager wants. He doesn’t suddenly say ‘okay, now you play No9’.

“He talks to me before the game and gives me that time and what he wants. I’m comfortable as No9.”

Klopp also believed his side needed to be more flexible against United.

He said: “It was not flexible enough. The build up from deep was ok but you need to be more flexible, keep the ball in the right area, shoot etc.

“The attitude is not questioned. But keep cool, pass the ball around, go in the right areas, finish the situations off.”

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