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Jurgen Klopp has explained Mo Salah's struggles at the start of the season

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Mohamed Salah had a ridiculous debut season at Liverpool.

Not even Jurgen Klopp would have imagined Salah would have the season he had after signing him from Roma for £35 million.

The Egyptian forward found himself on the wing for the large majority of the season but that did not stop him scoring 44 goals from 52 games.

His goalscoring exploits ensured he also picked up numerous accolades, including being named PFA Players' Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season.

However, it can be said Salah did not pick up where he left off this campaign.

He scored just three times in his opening 11 games for Liverpool and didn't look the same player as last season.

But, he came alive in September, and has since scored 12 goals in 15 games.

A lot was said about Salah earlier on in the season as some tried to explain why he had endured a slow start to the season.

And Jurgen Klopp has now given his take, saying having to adapt to a new position was a key reason.

Mo Salah had a slow start to the season

"He had to adapt a bit to a slightly different position," said Klopp, per the Liverpool Echo.  "It's not that much different, but it is different."

And the German went on to state that he had not fully recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final in May.

"We need his link-up play, but he is still with the desire and the speed over the first few yards. He's impressive, and a very important part of our finishing situations.

Mo Salah has now scored 12 goals in his last 15 games for Liverpool

"Of course he's young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It's not just speed, it's not just finishing, it's a lot of things, between the lines and keeping the ball.

"But you need your body for that and that was a the problem.

"At the start of the season, part of Mo's body was not perfect. If you work in an office, if your shoulder is not 100 per cent and it is not your writing hand, then you're okay.

"But if you're a footballer, you have to wait until it's 100 per cent. But we knew he was still a world-class player but we had to wait a little bit. It's all good."

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