Liverpool have struggled to score in recent fixtures, with just one goal in their last four Premier League games, which could be due to Mohamed Salah’s drop in form.
The Egyptian winger started the season on fire but his last four appearances in the top-flight have been far from good enough and have been his worst four performances of the season in the Premier League.
The former Roma man looked short of confidence against Manchester United at the weekend, regularly turning back when presented with the opportunity to try and take on Luke Shaw, as he attempted just one dribble, which was unsuccessful.
Salah’s downturn in form could be a result of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s return to the side, as in the nine games the 22-year-old has featured in since his return from injury, the Reds have won just three times – against Wolves, Spurs and Crystal Palace.
The winger has earned just one man-of-the-match award from WhoScored since his opening game hattrick against Leeds, which came in the 4-0 win against Wolves before Christmas, a game in which right-back Neco Williams started in.
In that game, Salah would attempt three dribbles and three shots whilst also creating one big chance, which led to him scoring and assisting once.
Against United, when supported by Alexander-Arnold, he would manage no shots on target, which could be because of the lack of space he has when playing on the right-hand side with the England international, as opposed to the Welsh youngster.
The £99 million-rated academy graduate loves to cross from deep and play the luxury passes across to Andrew Robertson, which unfortunately aren’t producing results at the moment, as his assist numbers are seriously down from last season when he managed 13 in the top-flight.
Williams is the opposite in his style of play, however, as he likes to overlap and cross from the byeline, which creates more space for Salah to cut in and shoot as the full-back is often concerned with the overlapping run.
So, when Alexander-Arnold plays, full-backs can press Salah and show him onto his right foot in the hope that he turns back and plays it to the right-back to swing in a cross from deep, which, in the absence of any target man, is not proving to be effective this season.
Therefore, Klopp should consider recalling the “confident” Williams to his first-team for Liverpool’s game against Burnley on Thursday, as it could prove to be the catalyst for Salah’s form improving.
And, in other news, Klopp can sign his next Coutinho at LFC in 26 y/o who scores and assists…