Virgil van Dijks free-kick ability could be a secret weapon for Liverpool – PlanetFootball

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Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah will end Liverpool goal drought

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Mohamed Salah to rediscover his goalscoring form and believes team-mate Sadio Mane can provide inspiration.

The Egypt international scored 44 times in his first season at Anfield and although he has 20 in the current campaign, his goalless run of seven matches is the longest he has experienced since a 10-game streak for Roma in 2015-16.

Mane is the teams in-form player, moving level on 20 goals with Salah, after scoring 11 goals in as many games in a longer run of 13 in 17.

The talismanic Egyptian has now gone an unprecedented seven matches without registering for Liverpool – with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher labelling the player “selfish and greedy” following Sunday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.

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Virgil van Dijk has joked that he deliberately let Ryan Babel score against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon – so that his confidence would be boosted ahead of the international break.

His form has, typically, seen him emerge as a transfer target for Real Madrid and Barcelona once again, with a report on Tuesday suggesting the Reds had been forced to place an eye-watering price tag on the Senegalese star’s head.

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The pair are both in the Netherlands squad for their matches against Belarus and Germany as the Dutch aim to qualify for Euro 2020.

According to Voetbal International, when asked if he made the error deliberately in order to boost Babels confidence ahead of the international break, Van Dijk said: I tried!

Salah has not scored in any of his last seven games for Liverpool, but has been impressive against the likes of Watford without getting onto the scoresheet. Hes certainly not been as bad as what Aldridge is making out.

Errors from the Dutch defender are incredibly rare, and thankfully, Sadio Mane won the penalty which James Milner converted, and he was let off.

The Egyptian was accused of being selfish against Fulham at the weekend by Jamie Carragher (The Metro), while fans have taken to social media to criticise Salah for his lack of goals recently.

Van Dijk added: Mistakes happen in football. [To] me too, but hopefully not too often anymore. If defenders or keepers make a mistake, it is immediately punished. That is the risk of the profession.

ByTom Procter Published on March 20, 2019 Share Tweet Comment Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is coming in for a fair bit of stick at the moment.

In fairness to Van Dijk, Milner didnt cover himself in glory with the sliced clearance that put him in trouble, and Alisson could have done a little better, so he wasnt the only one to blame.

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Jurgen Klopp backs Mo Salah to follow Sadio Manes lead and rediscover scoring form

Hopefully, the trio have learned from that and wont make similar mistakes in the run-in, where all three will be important for different reasons.

The Egypt international scored 44 times in his maiden season at Anfield and although he has 20 in the current campaign, his goalless run of seven matches is the longest he has experienced since a 10-game streak for Roma in 2015-16.

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