Mohamed Salah’s form for Liverpool is under scrutiny after another underwhelming afternoon in his side’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea. Adam Bate was at Stamford Bridge to see it and argues that there is little reason to be too concerned about Salah just yet.
There was a moment five minutes prior to Mohamed Salahs substitution at Stamford Bridge that seemed to seal his fate. Collecting the ball on the edge of the Chelsea box, he had briefly isolated his marker but only succeeded in turning into trouble and the chance was lost. An agitated Jurgen Klopp swiftly turned to the bench and called for Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Liverpool boss tried to downplay his decision to hook last seasons Premier League top scorer, but this was a big game with the result in the balance. “I know already that you will all make a fuss of that but thats football,” he told reporters in the press room afterwards.
Jurgen Klopp’s side already have three points having earned a 3-2 triumph over Paris Saint-Germain in an exciting clash at Anfield earlier this month.
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According to Klopp, Salah is not happy with his form but the Liverpool boss is “completely fine” with the Egypt forward’s work-rate.
Salah hit 43 goals last term to win the Premier League Golden Boot, but he has struggled to recapture the same form this season, having scored three goals in seven games.
Klopp will need his best XI for these matches, but surprisingly, Mohamed Salah may not be regarded in that category based on current form.
Salah was withdrawn midway through the second half in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Saturday and afterwards when Klopp was asked whether the 26-year-old was satisfied with his performances.
Its easy for me because I dont read what you write, maybe the boys do a bit more but that doesnt make too much sense at the moment because you will all dissect – a big nice cut and you will find pretty much nothing.
Thats how it is, no problem whatsoever. Its all fine. As long as he is working like he works and gets into the situations that he gets in, Im completely fine and everything will be okay.
Last month Klopp played down the form of the former Roma man and he pointed out that Salah only managed three goals in his first six games last term, as opposed to two goals this time around.
What did he get [in first six] last season? Three. And two in six this season? Wow, thats a crisis!
Another unnerved display with the ball at their feet was glossed by a steely aggression to give their teammates a secure foundation on which to build in search of an equaliser.
He needed time last year, like we all needed time. And he will take time this season as well”
Van Dijk isn’t just building a case as Liverpool’s most important player, but also a reputation as the most gifted centre-back this club has had in the modern era.