No one would have thought at the end of last season that people would be questioning Mo Salah already this time around.
After all, the Egyptian has already scored three goals and registered one assist in his opening seven games of the season. But for a person that set the bar so absurdly high last season, that is a lot to live up to.
The Egyptian was sensational last season. Not only did he help guide Liverpool to the Champions League final, individually he won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the FWA Footballer of the Year, the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals, Premier the League Player of the Season, as well as winning the FIFA Puskás Award for goal of the season and coming third in the The Best FIFA Men’s Player.
In truth, it was almost impossible for him to replicate that this season. Only players of the ilk of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could consistently have seasons like that, which they have, but the 26-year-old isn’t part of the ‘immortal’ category that the Portuguese and Argentinian are in.
That certainly does not mean that Liverpool, and Salah (valued at £135m on Transfermarkt.co.uk), will not have extremely impressive seasons. While the winger still looks to be a threat in every game he plays, he just seems to have that bit less time. He is a marked man now; teams will revolve their tactics to stop him. All that has done, however, has allowed Sadio Mané on the other wing to flourish so far this term.
That is the key to this Liverpool side, they have the talent elsewhere to maintain their high standards from last season. The inclusion of Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri into the team means their attack has only grown stronger and applied more pressure to Salah. The return of form for Daniel Sturridge, alongside the presence of Shaqiri, has also put pressure on Salah’s place at Anfield. He would have to have a calamitous drop in form to be usurped by one of those players, but the pressure is nonetheless what manager Jürgen Klopp wants to see.
All in all, it would be a stretch to see Salah have the season he did last year. He scored a staggering 44 goals in 52 games; it’s nearly impossible to replicate that. However, those stats were so good that it also shows that he wasn’t simply a flash in the pan. While he may be experiencing a drop in form, every player does from time to time. The key to him is that his Liverpool side aren’t performing poorly as a result of this. So while Salah may not be able to expect an individual season like last one, they can expect a better one as a team.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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