Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was quiet against Manchester United during their 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, and his pattern of going missing in big games must change if the Reds are to win the Premier League title.
In the league, he’s failed to score in either of his side’s games against Manchester City and United, he didn’t score when they faced Tottenham and Chelsea and then he also failed to find the net against local rivals Everton. The Champions League paints a similar picture, with him not being on the scoresheet in Liverpool’s two games against Paris Saint Germain and not breaking the deadlock against Bayern Munich at Anfield last week.
Despite this, the Egyptian’s scored 17 goals and made eight assists in 27 Premier League appearances, and he’s also scored three in the Champions League this season. That’s a great return, but for a striker that many are considering as the best in the world, he needs to bag these goals against the biggest teams in the biggest games.
That’s not happening at the moment and, although his game is about more than just scoring, that’s his main way of contributing to Jurgen Klopp’s side. His golden-boot winning 30 goals last season came in games of all calibre and for Liverpool to win the title they will need him to up his game.
The Reds face Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday and still have Tottenham and Chelsea to play, and it could be those games that secure Liverpool the league or hand it to City, as they did in 2013/14. With just one point being the gap between Liverpool and Pep Guardiola’s men, Klopp’s side know it’s in their hands and down to their star man to lead from the front.
Their shallow squad depth means it’s important for Salah to maintain and even improve his form as the title race hots up. If he goes off the boil or continues to go missing as he did at the weekend they’ll continue to drop points and this season will be seen as another wasted opportunity for the Reds to win their first Premier League title.
With a Transfermarkt valuation of £135m, the former Chelsea man really needs to be doing more.
Do you think Salah will step up and lead Liverpool to the league title?