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Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah was far from his best vs Ajax

Despite Liverpool winning 1-0 against Ajax on Tuesday night in a result which secured the Reds’ place in the Champions League knockout stages, there will be questions asked about the performance of Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian winger, who recently returned to the first-team after a brief period out due to the current viral outbreak, played 89 minutes against the Dutch champions but never really got going.

As per SofaScore, the former Roma man received a 6.3 rating for his display, ranking him as the worst player of any who started the game.

The 28-year-old had two big chances to score against Erik ten Hag’s side and missed them both, with the Reds relying on Curtis Jones’ second-half goal to earn them a crucial three points.

Salah also had just 34 touches of the ball during his time on the pitch and was able to complete just 15 passes, resulting in a pass accuracy rate of 75%.

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Liverpool ‘keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who started in goal in Alisson’s absence, completed 30 of his passes during the game, which was obviously more than Salah.

That only suggests further that the Egyptian international was something of a passenger on Tuesday night, in a match which Klopp needed him to perform, as defeat against Ajax would’ve blown the group wide open.

Salah even lost possession on 11 occasions during the game and was successful with just one of his dribbles, with the Ajax defenders seemingly getting the better of him.

He also struggled from a defensive point of view, winning just six of his 13 duels during the game, which should infuriate Klopp more as he was second-best for a lot of the game.

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However, it has still been an excellent start to the season for the Liverpool winger, who is currently valued at a massive €150m (£135m) by CIES Football Observatory, as he has notched eight goals in nine Premier League appearances, resulting in a superb WhoScored average rating of 7.53.

Hopefully, for Reds fans and Klopp alike, the Egyptian will be back to his best in Liverpool’s next game against Wolves at Anfield, as he was nowhere near the level required on Tuesday evening.

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