Klopp laughs off Salah’s lack of goals

Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool battles with Thiago Silva of PSG during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain at Anfield on September 18

Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool battles with Thiago Silva of PSG during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain at Anfield on September 18

It was not the reason for taking him off, of course not, I am fine with him and I think he is fine with me.

The German, whose side opened their Champions League campaign with a thrilling 3-2 home win over French champions Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, said Croatian central defender Dejan Lovren, who has yet to feature after picking up a hip problem at the World Cup, is getting closer to return to the squad.

The best news I have had in the last two weeks is how we have changed or reinvented again our defensive skills. That is the plan, and to do it with good football players.

The former Republic of Ireland global established a reputation as one of the Premier League's most prolific strikers during his time with Tottenham, but had limited success after moving to Liverpool for £19m in 2008.

"We've seen it against top teams this week in Tottenham and PSG, they couldn't deal with it".

"It is a completely normal for an offensive player when you have times that you don't score". But he is still a threat, has fantastic situations in both games and he is in good shape.

"Finishing is something that you can never take for granted. No, but he needed time last year, like we all needed time, and it will take time this year, that's all".

Southampton have won one and drawn two of their first five matches and, having surrendered a two-goal lead in their draw with Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday, will have to step up their game to get anything at Anfield.

"It's not only that we fight a lot and I love that but we played football as well, and that looked really confident".

Hughes, now manager at Southampton, faces Liverpool on Saturday at Anfield. "The rest will follow", said Klopp.

"Ox is a different situation but it's so nice to have Ox around", added Klopp.

"He is ready now and that's really important for us".

"It's going to be a big test for us, we understand that but we are on a decent run".

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