Virgil van Dijk backs Mohamed Salah to regain form for Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk backs Mohamed Salah to regain form for Liverpool

Mohamed Salahs form: Do Liverpool have a problem?

• Salah and Henderson frustrated at being subbed• Jürgen Klopp praises Daniel Sturridges start to season

Salah, in particular, endured a frustrating return to Stamford Bridge and was taken off shortly after the hour with the visitors still trailing to Eden Hazards first-half goal. While there is no underlying concern at the Egyptians form – he boasts three goals in nine club appearances to date this term – among the coaching staff, the reigning player of the year is clearly still easing his way into the campaign, with Jürgen Klopp willing to turn to Daniel Sturridge or Xherdan Shaqiri to freshen up the sides approach.

Henderson was named in the first XI to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but he did not finish the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to a late equaliser from Daniel Sturridge.

Read more Asked if key personnel will have to become accustomed to being replaced, Van Dijk said: You have to, otherwise you better leave. We all want one thing: to be successful, and we need everyones help. Its a long season with a lot of games. We need everyone and everyone knows that as well, and thats a big strength for us.

Jordan Henderson took some time to work his way into the Liverpool team at the start of the season due to his extended break on account of England’s World Cup campaign in Russia.

We are seven games in and Mos working hard. Hes still the same Mo, and he needs a bit of luck as well. Im not worried at all, and he should not be worried either. We do it all together, well always be there for him and hell deliver as well. He had a tough game against Chelsea, but its part of football.

The club captain – valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt – has had to tussle for his place in the middle of the park following the summer arrival of Naby Keita.

Klopp, with one eye on next Sundays visit of Manchester City, backed last seasons golden boot winner to rediscover his touch. Of course he is not happy with himself, how could he be? the Liverpool manager said. Thats normal. That is what you have a manager for. We will have a talk about it. People will dissect his performances now: a nice big cut and, wow, they will find pretty much nothing.

The 23-year-old added some fresh dynamism to the midfield, but he has had to settle for a spot on the bench in the club’s last two Premier League outings.

At the end, whatever is written, people will say sorry afterwards. It is all fine. As long as he works like he works, I am completely fine.

With the fixtures coming thick and fast, is Keita worthy of a starting spot ahead of Henderson or should Klopp stand by his captain?

Sturridges impact, with a glorious fourth goal of the season conjured from his first involvement against his former club, may prove timely with Gareth Southgate to name his England squad on Thursday for the Nations League ties in Croatia and Spain.

In the 78th minute, manager Jurgen Klopp opted to haul off his skipper and bring on Keita in his place.

Klopp said: Daniel played fantastically against Paris Saint-German, with high intensity, and his target must always be to play that high intensity over 95 minutes. He understands that.

Daniel does not want us to change our style for him. He plays exactly how we want him to. He makes moves in the right places and judges situations and scores goals. When fit, he has always been an important part of the team and so he is now.

Van Dijk said: Before I arrived at Liverpool, I said he was one of the best strikers in the league and he shows it when hes fit. Of course he is good enough for England.There shouldnt be any doubt. I know what hes capable of, how good he can be and when hes at his best, by playing against him and seeing him in training with the hard work that he puts in and the positivity he brings. We have a great squad, world-class players, and hes one of them.

Mohamed Salah’s form for Liverpool is under scrutiny after another underwhelming afternoon in his side’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea. Adam Bate was at Stamford Bridge to see it and argues that there is little reason to be too concerned about Salah just yet.

There was a moment five minutes prior to Mohamed Salahs substitution at Stamford Bridge that seemed to seal his fate. Collecting the ball on the edge of the Chelsea box, he had briefly isolated his marker but only succeeded in turning into trouble and the chance was lost. An agitated Jurgen Klopp swiftly turned to the bench and called for Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Liverpool boss tried to downplay his decision to hook last seasons Premier League top scorer, but this was a big game with the result in the balance. “I know already that you will all make a fuss of that but thats football,” he told reporters in the press room afterwards.

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