“I’m not sure’ – Watch Jurgen Klopp makes honest Mo Salah admission following goalless Merseyside derby
The reds boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed claims that Mo Salah has been told to change his style of play in order to operate as an out and out winger.
The Egyptian King appeared to be less engaged in the action than normal during yesterday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Insisting that he still wants the former AS Roma player to impact the game by cutting inside and taking a more central position, Klopp denied instructing his No. 11 to play wider than usual.
“No, it’s not more than other seasons or whatever, I’m not sure what you see there,” Klopp said (as quoted by This Is Anfield).
“We want to have Mo there in this position but we want to have Mo, and we always had him, more often in central positions as well.
“Today especially we wanted to use the boys a bit more centrally, but we didn’t have a lot of time to train obviously.
“Actually we only recovered, we spoke a lot about it, I’m not sure I was clear enough in the first half what we wanted.
“In the moments when we played, when Mo dropped or when Lucho dropped after two or three passes they were completely free in between the lines because Darwin kept the last line back with his pure presence and they like to drop pretty early.
“But we didn’t do that often enough, you are right. I don’t think in the season he is too often wide, maybe today in a few moments yes.
“But he could have scored again in the last minute pretty much.”
The Egypt international had a wonderful opportunity to give his team all three points in the waning seconds of the match against Frank Lampard’s team, but Jordan Pickford made a fine save to deny him.
This season, the 30-year-old has already scored two goals and recorded two assists.