It has now been eight games without a goal for Mohamed Salah. A man who managed to find the back of the net an astonishing 44 times in the previous campaign is currently sitting on less than half of that tally with 20 strikes to his name this season, and it appears to be getting to him.
In Liverpool’s last outing against Tottenham, the Egyptian was frustrated in front of goal yet again, taking a number of ambitious potshots at goal when his teammates were better placed.
He did, however, manage to force the issue after his effort led to Toby Alderweireld’s late own goal, although he was unable to claim it as his own.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher after the final whistle, Salah said: “I didn’t score for a couple of games but there are some players who have the same number of goals as me but people are saying they are having the best season of their life.
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“There are three or four players and no one talks about them—they just say they have a good season and I’m the only one that has had a bad season.
“Aguero has two goals over me, just two goals, and this is one of the best seasons for him so far.
“So I don’t care too much. I just play, I want to win the Premier League—that’s the most important thing for me.”
To bring other players into the equation as a point of reference, and even mention Sergio Aguero by name, shows a bit of petulance from Salah and clearly suggests that his goal drought is affecting him.
Additionally, the fact that he goes on to say ‘I don’t care too much’ after going on a huge rant is equally revealing as it is telling that talk of his barren spell is winding him up a tad.
Liverpool fans will tell you that it has visibly been affecting him on the pitch as well. The Reds’ last two games against Fulham and Spurs have seen Salah pass up the opportunity to play in Sadio Mane for a simple chance, instead opting to try a wild shot from distance or slow the move down.
He needs to get away from the cameras, stop talking into the microphones, and just focus on making the right decisions at the correct time on the pitch to do what’s best for Liverpool’s title challenge.