Jurgen Klopp claims break has done Mohamed Salah good as Liverpool go in search of title

Liverpool wil be hoping Slaha finds his scoring boots again as they go in search of the title. (AFP)
Updated 28 March 2019

Jurgen Klopp claims break has done Mohamed Salah good as Liverpool go in search of title

  • Egyptian ace without a goal in seven matches for the Reds.
  • Liverpool boss hopeful Salah can find form of last season soon.

LONDON: Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mohamed Salah has returned to Liverpool after the international break and said his star man is looking as sharp as ever.
The Egyptian ace has suffered a dip in form recently, as the Reds go in search of their first English top-flight title since 1990. Salah was the star man last campaign when he scored 44 goals in a magnificent debut year at Anfield. But while he has found the back of the net 20 times so far this season, the consensus is that the 26-year-old is playing well below his peak. He has gone seven matches without a goal, the longest goalless streak he has experienced since a 10-game barren spell for Roma in 2015.

Reds boss Klopp will be hoping Salah can find the form of last season as Liverpool look to pip Manchester CIty to the title. (AFP) 

But having welcomed him back to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground Klopp revealed the break had done him good.
“He always played pretty much all games, everywhere for country, for us and all that stuff, so it was really important he could have a break,” the Liverpool boss said.
“Now he will be here, a full week to prepare for the rest of the season, so that’s cool. I spoke to him, he looked really relaxed and in a good mood. Now, let’s go.”
Liverpool are currently on top of the Premier League table with 76 points, one ahead of second-placed Manchester City who have one game in hand. Their next clash will be against third-placed Tottenham on Sunday.

What next for Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’

Updated 03 June 2020

What next for Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’

  • Restart to begin with 2 matches on June 17, to ensure every side played same number of games

LONDON: The Premier League's return is just two weeks away but there are plenty of details for the 20 clubs in the English top-flight to work out before competitive action resumes on June 17.

AFP Sport looks at what is on the agenda at the latest in a series of meetings between the clubs on Thursday.

There have been squabbles over how final league standings should be decided if the season cannot be completed but clubs need a contingency arrangement if a spike in coronavirus cases wrecks their plans.

Most of the teams in the bottom half of the table are reportedly pushing for relegation to be scrapped if the season is not completed on the field.

That still seems highly unlikely, with the English Football Association and English Football League both insisting on promotion and relegation throughout the pyramid.

A points-per-game formula is the most likely option and is part of the reason why the restart will begin with two matches on June 17, to ensure every side has played the same number of games.

Once the two outstanding games — Manchester City vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United — have been played, all 20 sides will have nine games remaining.

No dates for other matches have yet been released, but fixtures are expected to continue from where they left off in March and be crammed into just five weeks ahead of the FA Cup final on August 1.

A long layoff, little time together in contact training and a gruelling schedule mean players' bodies will be pushed to the limits.

In an attempt to minimize injuries and fatigue, world governing body FIFA has allowed leagues to temporarily change their rules to allow five substitutes.

Chelsea have also reportedly proposed increasing the number of substitutes available from seven to nine.

However, critics have suggested those changes will simply play into the hands of the bigger clubs with deeper squads.

Premier League clubs appear to have won their battle to have games played in their own grounds rather than on neutral sites.

However, the UK's national lead for football policing confirmed last week that a "small number" of fixtures will take place at neutral venues.

That is likely to include any match that could see Liverpool crowned champions for the first time in 30 years, to try and avoid crowds gathering at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unconcerned by playing at neutral venues, with results from four rounds of Germany's Bundesliga showing no advantage for home sides in a closed-doors environment.

"We will not have the help from the crowd but no team will have that, so where is the advantage?" Klopp told the BBC.

"Whoever we play it is the same situation, which is why I'm not too worried about it."

The use of VAR could also be dispensed with for the rest of the season should the clubs wish to further cut the number of people required for games to go ahead.

However, the Premier League's CEO Richard Masters is keen for it to remain.

"VAR has its own social-distancing issues, but we think there is a way of completing the season with VAR," Masters told Sky Sports.