Klopp believes Salah struggle due to inadequate front three

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Jurgen Klopp believes that the struggle of forward Mohamed Salah is because the Reds do not have a strong front three that cause issues to opponent defenders.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has not been ths same player when former Reds forward Sadio Mane left the team to join German team Bayern Munich last summer.

Although Salah has scored 17 goals in all competitions at the halfway mark this season, he has managed only seven in the Premier League where he has averaged nearly 24 goals a season during his time with Liverpool.

Salah has won three Golden Boots for most goals in a season, but has been far from his best after the summer departure of his strike partner Sadio Mane and injuries to Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz.

“Of course, Mo is suffering. It was a well-drilled machine the front three, everything was clear [in] what we were doing. Everybody suffers from that, that’s clear,” Klopp told reporters.

“It is specific, offensive play that requires a lot of work and a lot of information, and not always obvious information. You create a feeling about a lot of these things, about where your teammate is and where to pass the ball without looking.”

Liverpool reinforced their attack with the mid-season signing of Cody Gakpo who is still adapting to the team, while Darwin Nunez has not been consistent, scoring just one goal in the FA Cup since the season restarted last month.

“In two or three weeks a couple more options will be available and we can mix it up. When Darwin is playing, he is obviously more high up, going in behind,” Klopp added.

“We never played with a [number] nine before. Even when Sadio played in the position he was dropping [back] in moments. That’s not Darwin’s game, he wants to have balls at his feet and he’s a real handful there.

“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.”

 

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