"I don't want to play mind games, this side is built for winning the Champions League".
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.
While Salah struck a brace on worldwide duty for Egypt, he has not found the net in his last three club appearances in all competitions. It is really no problem.
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has kicked a ball for the first time after knee surgery last April. There is no game where we have thought: 'Thank God we have played them.' None of the results we have this season would have been possible without the greed you have seen or without the aggression you see. But it's completely normal that everyone expects this. 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.
Meanwhile, Firmino is fit enough to return to Liverpool's starting lineup after being forced to start as a substitute in midweek with an abrasion of the eye.
That was the message from Jurgen Klopp, as he took aim at the critics who are beginning to question the contribution of the Liverpool star this season.
"It's much too early to be thinking about something like that and you have to make a big thing of it", said Klopp of the claim Salah is trying too hard to score. Did I speak a lot about line-ups in the past?
Next up for Liverpool FC is a home clash against Southampton this weekend as the Reds look to try and continue their 100 per cent start to the new Premier League season. People say you are a world class player BUT... you still have to defend like in the first game of your career.
"Ox is a different situation but it's so nice to have Ox around", Klopp said on Friday. We are really waiting for him without making pressure on him and we know that it will take a long time.