As previously reported by the Daily Mail, Mohamed Salah looks set to be dropped from the starting eleven by Jurgen Klopp this evening as the German continues his rotation policy. This has generated a lot of chatter in the Transfer Tavern amongst our resident Liverpool fans, and our landlord isn’t convinced that it’s a good decision.
Rotation is, of course, important, but dropping Salah at this point simply doesn’t make sense. He’s in the form of his life, and the Reds have no real way of knowing how the team will perform without their star man. Having bagged 13 league goals already this season, the team is quickly being built around the Egyptian, and everything could fall apart without him.
What’s more, it doesn’t look like Salah himself is suffering from tiredness in any way. Rather, to the contrary, he’s actually getting better and better every single week. Against Everton over the weekend, he put in one of his best performances of the season, scoring a sumptuous goal to open the scoring for his club. Providing relentless running, brilliant technique and goals, Salah is irreplaceable right now.
Indeed, a far more suitable solution for Klopp, if he is looking to give him a few minutes off, would be to substitute him off early. At this point, every single Liverpool game is important – none more important than their next – and their game against West Brom falls under that banner as well. It’s a game that, if they want to catch Man City, they need to win, and their chances of doing that without Salah are far reduced.
He obviously can’t play every minute, but dropping Salah this evening could be a huge mistake from Klopp, and if it leads to a poor performance from the Reds, it will not only raise question marks over whether they can ever cope without Salah, but it will also push them further away from the league leaders.
Liverpool fans – thoughts?
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