Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: 'James Milner is setting best example'

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       Has Mohamed Salah's form been exaggerated

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Salah scored 44 goals in 52 games after arriving from Roma in the summer of 2017 as Liverpool went on to reach the Champions League final in an exceptional first 12 months on Merseyside.

The Egyptian global recovered in time to play for his country at the World Cup and has started all six of Liverpool's matches this season, but is yet to rediscover his record-breaking form of last season.

"Wow, that is a crisis", Klopp said. Nobody remembers that, so it's really no problem.

"On the defensive side the last two games were outstanding, ideal from him", said Klopp, according to the official Liverpool website.

Klopp even reckons the forward's displays in the last two games - against Paris St-Germain and Tottenham - are among the best of his Liverpool career, even though he didn't score in either. But he is still a threat, had fantastic situations in both games and he is in good shape.

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". But it's completely normal that everyone expects this.

"We don't expect that". There is no game where we have thought: 'Thank God we have played them.' None of the results we have this season would have been possible without the greed you have seen or without the aggression you see. He lost the ball before we conceded the second against PSG, it was not the reason I took him off.

"At the end of the season we will see how it is, not at the beginning". The start was good for us as a team and for him as well. "No, but he needed time last year, like we all needed time, and it will take time this year, that's all".

While last season all the praise was lavished on Liverpool's front three, so far it has been the midfield which has been winning all the plaudits.

Firmino injured his eye in the Merseyside outfit's 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend, but still managed to score the victor after coming off the bench in their midweek triumph over Paris Saint-Germain. Past year he missed chances.

Speaking ahead of his sides visit to Anfield on Saturday, as reported by the Express, Hughes had this to say on Liverpool's chances of claiming the title this season.

"Only in football it sounds like 32 was a massive age".

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