Southampton dealt double blow ahead of Liverpool clash on Saturday

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       Has Mohamed Salah's form been exaggerated

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"I love him", Klopp said.

'Yes, he's ready. Why should I think that about Bobby?

Salah also gave the ball away in the build-up to Kylian Mbappe's equaliser in the UEFA Champions League for Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, although Roberto Firmino struck a late victor at Anfield.

The best news I have had in the last two weeks is how we have changed or reinvented again our defensive skills.

After a shoulder injury in May's Champions League final, Salah had a disappointing World Cup and on his return to English football does not yet look like the player who terrorised defences, scoring nearly at will.

Liverpool have won all six games this season to make a flawless start and look a dominant force even without their talisman on top of his game.

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0:44 Salah has been 'outstanding', Klopp told reporters on Friday

Manolo Gabbiadini will also be absent as a lower hamstring injury will keep him out of the sixth Premier League gameweek.

Liverpool and Southampton have had a fair few dealings with each other in recent times and it has mainly been involving Saints players heading to Merseyside to sign for the Reds. "But he is still a threat, has fantastic situations in both games and he is in a good shape".

While Salah struck a brace on global duty for Egypt, he has not found the net in his last three club appearances in all competitions. It wasn't like he finished last season, but he needed time last year and he will take time this year.

Xherdan Shaqiri could make his first Premier League start after Jurgen Klopp admitted to making a "mistake" in how he has handled the Liverpool midfielder. "It is much too early to be thinking about something like that and making a big thing of it", Klopp said of Salah's goals return. "The rest will follow", said Klopp.

"Dejan is close. He looks really fit [and] did a lactate test last week so fitness-wise he is - for his situation - on a really OK level".

"The way Firmino plays is very similar to my game".

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