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Jurgen Klopp puts Mohamed Salah drop in form down to Afcon disappointment

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Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s goals dried up at the end of last season because he was drained by Egypt’s defeat in the African Cup of Nations final.

Salah scored 31 goals in a season when he was named PFA Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year, but only three came in his final 16 appearances.

Klopp thinks the forward had an incredibly intense campaign, including 51 appearances for his club, two legs of a World Cup play-off and all seven games in the African Cup of Nations, four of which went to extra time.

The former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, part of the Senegal side who beat Egypt and then denied them a place in the World Cup, finished the campaign in excellent goalscoring form, whereas Salah had been prolific at the end of 2021.

We are not different from other people.” Salah signed a new three-year deal in June, when he was about enter the last season of his contract, and Klopp believes it is preferable the issue of his future will not be a distraction this season.

But while he feels Salah was still in excellent condition at the end of the campaign, he compared the psychological effects of defeat on penalties to Senegal to seeing his house blown down.

And Klopp said: “Mo had one of the most intense seasons ever, with the Africa Cup of Nations and all of our games.
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