Despite scoring four goals in nine games, considering how good he was last year, Mohamed Salah has had a fairly average season by his standards.
After picking up an injury in Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, the midfielder was released from international duty early in order to recover in time for Liverpool’s game against Huddersfield.
Against the Yorkshire side, Salah looked like somewhere close to the player that terrorised defences last year. He may have only scored one goal but the Egyptian’s movement looked much more mobile. However, it won’t be an instant fix for Salah and in order to help expedite his return, Jurgen Klopp should look to play Xherdan Shaqiri who could well supply Salah with some great opportunities.
Signed in the summer from Stoke City, Shaqiri was brought in by Jurgen Klopp to provide a suitable backup for Salah and Sadio Mane. The Switzerland international has only made five appearances – two in the league for the club this season.
While he has been a bit part player so far for Bayern, the diminutive playmaker could well be played as a 10 for Klopp, which would give Salah more licence to make a run in behind while also giving Liverpool a player that can find him.
With the Egyptian not back to his best form, playing Shaqiri in the hole behind the forwards could pay dividends for the squad. He’s versatile, dynamic and is adept at picking up space in between the lines and after providing the assist for Salah at the weekend, he could well be the man to spark his form.
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