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Premier League: No Salah fears for Klopp with United in town

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed fears over Mohamed Salah's recent poor form ahead of Tuesday's home Premier League clash with old rivals Manchester United.

Liverpool can move back to the top of the Premier League table with a draw or win over the Red Devils as Klopp's side look to maintain their thrilling quest for the quadruple.

The Reds beat Man City 3-2 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday and can go two points clear of City, who host Brighton on Wednesday, in the title race if they beat United next.

Salah is expected to keep his place in the side despite failing to score in his last six outings, with his only goal for Liverpool in his last 10 appearances in all competitions coming via the penalty spot in the win at Brighton on 12th March.

Matter of time

Klopp believes it's only a matter of time before the Egyptian star, who is the Premier League top-scorer with 20 goals this season, finds the back of the net again and says he was impressed with his performance at Wembley.

"It's a completely normal spell he is going through," Klopp said. "We've spoken about the physical demands. I liked the game against City a lot, it was a really good football game, only a question of time before he scores again. He's been close enough a couple of times."

Liverpool haven't been affected by Salah's recent lack of goals, as Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota have all contributed to keep the Reds' bid to win three more trophies this term alive.

Mane scored twice on Saturday to add to the important equaliser he struck at the Etihad earlier this month in the 2-2 league draw with City, while Firmino grabbed a brace in the 3-3 home draw in the previous game with Benfica that sealed a Champions League last-four spot.

Jota, meanwhile, has scored in the last three league games, firing the opener against both Arsenal and Watford to put them on their way to 2-0 wins, and he was also on target with the first equaliser against City. So even if Salah is out of sorts again at Anfield on Tuesday, Klopp has others he can rely on.

United still in top-four mix

United would enjoy putting a huge spanner in Liverpool's title quest - even if it would hand their local rivals City the advantage - by beating Klopp's men and atoning for the dismal 5-0 Old Trafford defeat they suffered earlier in the season. That game back in October contributed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's eventual sacking a month later but there is more at stake than just revenge for the visitors as they remain in contention for a top-four finish.

Tottenham and Arsenal both suffered unexpected defeats at the weekend so Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick to defeat bottom-of-the-table Norwich 3-2 leaves Ralf Rangnick's side in fifth, just three points behind Spurs with the two teams having played the same amount of games.

United are big outsiders at 11/2 to win at Liverpool for the first time since January 2016, Liverpool are 2/5 for victory and a draw, which has been the outcome in this fixture at Anfield in three of the last five meetings, is 17/4.

Defensive issues

Klopp's side have been sloppy at the back in recent weeks with mistakes costing them goals and they have conceded eight in their last four in all competitions.

Their high defensive line tactic usually offers the opposition at least a couple of good opportunities per game so United will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet even if they may ultimately end up on the losing side again.

Backing a home win with both teams to score in this latest crunch north-west showdown appeals at 7/4.

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