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'World class' Salah still a threat to opponents, says Liverpool's Klopp

Ahram Online , Saturday 29 Sep 2018
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is substituted and shakes hands with manager Juergen Klopp (Reuters)
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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah remains a constant threat to opposing defenders despite a relatively slow start to the season.

The Egypt winger scored three goals in his first seven Premier League games this season but question marks hang over his ability to reproduce the form that saw him finish as the competition's leading scorer with a record 32 goals last term.

Salah was substituted in the 66th minute of Liverpool's late 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Saturday, making way for Xherdan Shaqiri. He went close to taking the lead in the first half but was denied by a goal-line clearance from defender Antonio Rudiger.

He also created another chance when he skipped past Rudiger on the edge of the area, only to mis-hit his shot.

"We all have to go through moments like this, but coming constantly near in not his best game in a situation like this, where he will finish again, he is still world class, this is how it is," Liverpool's German coach Klopp told the BBC after the game.

"He is such a threat; (his substitution) was not due to his finishing or whatever but we had other options with Shaqiri like free kicks and corners."

Liverpool are joint leaders with Manchester City on 19 points from seven games.

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