Mo Salah limped out of Liverpool’s 3-0 thrashing of Manchester City at Anfield on Wednesday night and was not risked by Jurgen Klopp for the Merseyside derby visit to Goodison Park.
The German made five changes to preserve his charges ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium for the return leg on Tuesday night and that meant that his top scorer wasn’t even in the squad.
The end result was an uninspiring performance and a 0-0 draw, but even the point could have evaporated late on when Cenk Tosun, Seamus Coleman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all spurned chances to net a late winner.
Klopp may argue that escaping the match without any further injuries and being able to give some of his elite players a rest represents a good afternoon’s work.
Yet, the derby is one of the most important games of the season to the fans and many of them were concerned about the lack of potency in the Reds’ attack without Salah.
We’ve picked out just a few concerned Liverpool fans…
Poor poor performance shows the squad players don’t have enough quality or can step up and take their chance
— gareth (@GarethJulian) April 7, 2018
No salah no win
— GGMU (@thatffi) April 7, 2018
No Salah No party
— Neutral Human (@Po275) April 7, 2018
Boring game!!! You have to find out the way of winning without Salah!!! Embarrassing!!!!
— 大原 (@hirotoshima666) April 7, 2018
No salah No party
— Waelsaad (@Waelsaadfouad) April 7, 2018
No mo salah no party 😎
— Mhmd HasN (@MohmdHasn_) April 7, 2018
No Salah no goals pic.twitter.com/eW2BqJLga5
— Romio El Sayed (@Romio_El_Sayed) April 7, 2018
No Salah no party 🎉
— Sultan A F Aldosari™ (@SultanTube2007) April 7, 2018