Jurgen Klopp: I'm hoping Mohamed Salah is on the verge of exploding like Liverpool.
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Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah and Liverpool are on the verge of rediscovering their best form ahead of their trip to Premier League leaders Arsenal on Super Sunday.
Liverpool have had a difficult start to the season, winning just twice in the league so far, leaving them 11 points behind Mikel Arteta's team, despite having a game in hand on Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Salah, who was joint-top scorer in the Premier League last season, has only scored two goals in the league this season, but Klopp believes the Egypt forward is returning to form.
"I hope it's like us, we're on the verge of exploding," Klopp said. "Even when his goal scoring numbers aren't spectacular, his goal involvement is impressive.
"His death is a good thing. Nobody can deal with [Erling] Haaland's situation; what he's doing is insane. We should not compare anyone to an exceptional player on an exceptional team.
"Mo is desperate to score goals. It will be the same if you call him in 20 years."
Klopp has predicted a difficult afternoon in the capital on Sunday against an Arsenal side that has only lost once this season, a run of results that has them trailing champions Manchester City by a point.
"Arsenal was always there, City was always there when I first arrived, I believe," he said. "Their football is now faster, more intense, and better."
"If you're a top manager, you'll be here in about a year." Top-tier management makes it more difficult.
"I'm sure Arsenal fans are pleased with the situation they now find themselves in."
"Perhaps parallels to when I took over at Liverpool. We've played some big games against them. They are now prepared for the next step."
In terms of his own struggling team, Klopp dismissed suggestions that Liverpool is suffering as a result of having been coached by the German for seven years.
Klopp, who took over at Anfield in 2015, left both of his previous jobs - at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund - after seven years in charge.
However, he rejects the comparison.
"I hadn't planned anything in seven years," he explained. "At the first press conference, I believe I mentioned four years. That day, I was relieved to have survived the press conference!
"That is something I should have done before signing a new contract. The seven-year itch? The club in Mainz needed a change, a new beginning.
"I was fine when I went to Dortmund. After seven years, it was simply a case of players being acquired by other teams. It was extremely intense and exhausting to constantly take two steps back.
"And I thought I'd try a vacation, but it only lasted four months!
"We are in a difficult period, but it has nothing to do with the last seven years. Is it looking like we'll be champions? Unlikely, but not impossible."