Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpoolfc.com why Sadio Mane is thriving at a time when Mo Salah isn’t. The two forwards are experiencing very different fortunes at the moment.
Mane took his current run of form to 11 goals in 11 games with the opener against Fulham on Sunday. Salah, in contrast, is now seven games without a goal.
Why the difference? Klopp believes the answer is very simple.
“Sadio played pretty much always like this but now he is always in the right spot in the right moment,” he told the official club site. “In football, it’s sometimes like this.
“The only thing he did when he was not always in the right spot was work and work and work. That’s exactly what Mo has to do, exactly the same: just work, do the right things and it will come again.
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“He’s just rather unlucky, where Sadio is lucky in the moment – he is in brilliant shape, that’s true.”
It really may be as simple as that. If you just take a look at their form, the duo have effectively just swapped over.
Mane, for example, has that 11 goals in 11 games – a brilliant record. Before that, however, he scored just twice in the previous 11. He’s had spells this season where he went seven and eight games without scoring.
And then there’s Salah, with just one goal in his last 10. The 10 before that? A remarkable spell of 10 goals and three assists.
Klopp doesn’t sound too worried with the situation of Mane and Salah. It could, quite honestly, be viewed as a positive. One player has lost form but another has stepped up to fill the void.
Can you imagine where Liverpool would be if that hadn’t happened? Yes, it would be perfect if both were thriving. But the current situation is one that few other clubs could hope for.