Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accepts Mohamed Salah is suffering from being in an unsettled forward line and is having to learn a different way of playing.
The 17 goals the Egyptian international has scored this season are significantly below his previous totals at this point in a campaign, but his seven goals in 19 Premier League matches are still a career-high.
The front three has been different in each of Klopp’s previous three games, and this season, Salah, Darwin Nunez, and Luis Diaz—who would be considered Klopp’s ideal starting lineup—have played together for just 343 minutes.
Along with Nunez and Cody Gakpo, who joined from PSV Eindhoven at the beginning of the month, he will probably start the FA Cup fourth-round match at Brighton. One man arrived in the summer, and the other has played for Liverpool for little over five hours.
“Of course he is hurting, of course. The front three were well-drilled machines, and everything we did was clear, according to Klopp.
Everyone is affected by that. That is obvious. It’s a specialised offensive play that takes a lot of effort and knowledge—knowledge that isn’t always obvious—to execute.
He’ll probably begin in the FA “You construct an impression of many of these things, including your teammate’s location and the best places to pass the ball without looking.
“Although that is not cool, we cannot simply expect to play at our peak, win 5-0, and go on to the next game. Working hard is required.
“We can change it up when more experienced players Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota are expected to return from injuries in two or three weeks.
“Cody is now a tremendously valuable asset for us; he can play the centre position as well as the wing and acts as a link.
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“Darwin plays there obviously higher up, coming in from behind. Even when Sadio (Mane) played at the position he was about to drop, we had never played with a nine before.
“Darwin is a big handful there and prefers to have other balls at his feet, so that’s not his game.
It would be great if everyone joined in and we could create something, but we haven’t been able to achieve that yet.
Salah’s performance has coincided with Liverpool’s, but the striker is not the only one at fault.
The defence is being overexposed as a result of the attacking line and midfield’s inability to mesh, which is a huge source of worry for Klopp.
However, he has little opportunity to effectively address the problems and recognises that it will take some time for everything to come together once more.
Klopp continued, “We open a new chapter and now we talk about Mo Salah.
“If you had scored hundreds of goals in the past and aren’t scoring now, your first thought would be about that, but that isn’t the issue we are currently facin
“But typically you have a solid foundation to work from, and that’s what we don’t.
“The high times that follow will be better if you conduct better and clearer throughout your low points.
“You must be considerate, exhibit the proper behaviour, and criticise without losing your mind. You must experience it.
“There is no light at the end of the tunnel because there are still finals and trophies to win.
“The only issue is that you need time, but nobody wants to put in the effort.
“I wish things were simpler again and that we had already advanced to the season’s finale.
“Though this circumstance isn’t ideal, I enjoy the fundamentals of the last two games,”