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Klopp Claims Salah Is Back To His Best Ahead Of Crucial PSG Clash

Joel Pattison

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Klopp Claims Salah Is Back To His Best Ahead Of Crucial PSG Clash

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that Mohamed Salah struggled with a shoulder injury and lack of fitness in the early stages of this campaign, however, he says he is now '100 per cent back.'

The Reds forward had to come off in the first half of the Champions League final in May after a collision with Sergio Ramos, however, he still travelled to the World Cup with Egypt even though Klopp said he wasn't 100 per cent fit.

Salah only scored three goals in his 11 games this season and the German then blamed the slow start on the 26-year-old only having a short break between the tournament and pre-season with Liverpool.

And Klopp now claims that he is back to his best, saying: "The body is back, 100% physical things he can rely on.

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Credit: PA

"They all went to the World Cup, a very long World Cup, Egypt went out earlier but Mo played a World Cup at 94 or 95 per cent fit because of the shoulder. He then had two, three weeks off. That is nothing.

"Then pre-season starts again and for the first time in his life it was clear that after scoring more than 40 goals it is - how do we deal with that? Will he score 40 goals again? Is it even important to score 40 goals again? Of course not.

"He always tried everything. The only thing was his body needed time to adapt. Still a world-class player, still a threat in a game, but in the scoring situations not the same calmness or the same coolness.

"But since before the last international break it was completely obvious in each training session it had clicked again. He's there.

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Credit: PA

"People need time but you, we, don't give them time because we don't have time. If you are in doubt easily then it could affect you but not for one second was he in doubt and I was not in doubt.

"Even Mo Salah is a human being and he needed time."

Meanwhile, Liverpool travel to Paris to take on PSG in a crucial Champions League group game.

The group is still wide open with only two points separating Liverpool at the top and Red Star Belgrade at the bottom.

A defeat for Liverpool and a victory for Napoli would see the Reds drop out of the top two and needing Red Star to get a result against PSG, while they beat Napoli in the final round of games.

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Credit: PA

PSG, who were handed a boost with star players Neymar and Kylian Mbappe being declared fit after picking up injuries on international duty, are evens to win the game.

Liverpool, who are yet to win on the road in the Champions League this year, are 5/2 and 29/10 says it's a draw.

Salah to open the scoring at the Parc des Princes is 11/2 and a goal any time is 5/4, while Edinson Cavani, who has four goals in his last two Champions League games, is 9/2 to score the first goal of the match and 6/5 to score at any point.

Joel Pattison
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