Liverpool’s goalscoring issues continued as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Southampton on Monday night.
The Reds have now scored once in their last three fixtures against West Brom, Newcastle United and Southampton respectively, despite taking a combined 41 shots in those games.
Therefore, despite their defensive crisis, it seems that much of the blame lies with Liverpool’s attacking trio and it was perhaps Mohamed Salah who disappointed the most at St Mary’s.
As per SofaScore, the Egyptian winger picked up a 6.4 rating for his display, which was Liverpool’s second-worst, with only Trent Alexander-Arnold rated worse of the players who started the match.
Whilst the Englishman was perhaps at fault for Southampton’s early opener and was woeful with his passing during his time on the pitch, he was at least involved in Liverpool’s play, whereas Salah was anonymous throughout.
The former Roma man had just 34 touches of the ball during the 90 minutes, which was fewer than Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, whilst he completed just 11/18 passes, resulting in a less than impressive 61% pass accuracy rate.
Despite his lack of involvement, the winger was still able to lose possession on 16 occasions during the game, whilst he won just five of the 12 duels he was involved in.
Whilst Salah is obviously a top player at Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp rightly labelling him “world-class” earlier this year, he has been extremely poor in his last three matches for the Reds, following his impressive performance from the bench in the Merseyside club’s 7-0 win against Crystal Palace last month.
Liverpool Echo rated Salah a 5/10 for the game against Southampton, so they are clearly in agreement that he was nowhere near his best at St Mary’s.
With that in mind, perhaps Klopp should consider giving the Egyptian international some rest when Liverpool face Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Friday, especially with Xherdan Shaqiri having returned to full fitness recently.
Whatever the German manager decides, it seems clear that the Reds desperately need Salah to get back to his best, otherwise they risk dropping off the top of the Premier League table in the coming weeks.
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