Klopp laughs off Salah’s lack of goals

Juan Bernat of PSG Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint Germain at Anfield

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But, according to the Daily Mail, Klopp was given the final say and was "fully against" the proposal as it could have a detrimental impact.

"No one remembers that (how he started last season)".

Asked if he is surprised by Milner's performance this season, Klopp said in a press conference: "It's not just this season, past year he had most assists in Champions League". "It is completely normal there are times when an offensive player does not score". Intense game, it was all good, fantastic game.

'Finishing is something you can never take for granted, players shouldn't do that.

Daniel Sturridge put in a good display that saw him open the scoring with a close range header but Firmino is a class above and proved it with a superb late victor so I think Klopp will recall him tomorrow.

Klopp was asked whether the perception that Salah was not doing well was because many people expected him to repeat last season's heroics.

"Everybody expects that [matching last season], that's clear".

"We don't expect that".

"I think (Liverpool) are at a point in their development now where they clearly need to go for the Premier League title now", he added.

"At the end of the season we will see how it is, not at the beginning". The start was good for the team and also him as well.

Danny Ings, the Saints' leading scorer with three goals so far this season, is not eligible to play against parent club Liverpool, who loaned him to Southampton during the close season.

Sturridge lasted 70 minutes and was replaced by eventual matchwinner Firmino who had been nursing the eye injury he picked up following a collision with Jan Vertonghen a week ago.

"What was it previous year?"

Anfield's atmosphere on Champions League nights is famous.

. "How can you be surprised when he's doing similar things?" said Klopp ahead of the visit of Southampton on Saturday.

"I said it a few times that only in football it sounds like 32 was a massive age. He's a proper professional, so his body gives him the opportunity".

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