Liverpool’s incredibly disappointing performance against Manchester United was easily headed by shortcomings of star man Mohamed Salah.
Sunday’s meeting at Old Trafford had been billed to be one of the biggest and most exciting games of the season – a potential title changing fixture – but proved to be anything but with both teams suffering more injuries than they scored goals.
Despite the form of both sides, there was very little that separated them on the day.
Other than an early Milner chance which came from an indirect freekick courtesy of an Ashley Young backpass, the visitors barely created any chances of note.
Wijnaldum created a couple of chances and Sadio Mane did some running in and around the box, but it was certainly more of a defender’s day from Liverpool’s perspective.
Fabinho seems to have found his feet in the Premier League and was excellent again, and Virgil Van Dijk proved once again why he’s held in such high esteem having commanded the back line with such prestige and vigour.
Allison did very, very well to predict and stop Lingard’s final contribution of the game but had little more to do after that – other than pick the ball out of the back of the net for a disallowed Joel Matip own goal.
On days like that, however, fans are expecting something from their attacking players and they simply weren’t given that.
Salah was truly awful.
Kept in the back pocket of Man of the Match Luke Shaw until he was prematurely removed, the Egyptian forward had absolutely no luck finding his usual pockets of space to create opportunities. He looked lost, lifeless and dejected, and his already poor performance certainly wasn’t helped when Firmino limped off injured.
Completely shut out by Ashley Young last year and the same has happened again this time around.
It’s moments like this in which the world’s best step up and prove their worth. However, Salah once again fell into the background, and it cost the Reds. They just didn’t look good enough going forward.