Salah and Mane labelled “horrendous” by former Liverpool midfielder

Former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchison described Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as “horrendous” while speaking to beIN SPORTS over the weekend, according to The Express.

What’s the word?

The pundit was referring to the pair’s performance against Cardiff City at Anfield last Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s front three have struggled to recreate their scintillating form of last season, but in recent matches they have shown glimpses of their quality.

Salah scored once and Mane netted two goals in last weekend’s 4-1 victory over Cardiff on home soil.

The Reds were frustrated at times, but ultimately they got the job done and maintained the club’s unbeaten run in the Premier League.

According to The Express, while speaking to beIN SPORTS, ex-Liverpool midfielder Hutchison had some harsh words for Salah and Mane.

“If no-one’s seen this game, this was my commentary game at the weekend, Mo Salah scored one and got two assists and Sadio Mane scored two. The two of them were horrendous. They had such a bad game it was incredible.

“With Mane, he was having a five-minute spell where he was having an absolute stinker then it fell to him on his left foot and you can see the way he doesn’t celebrate, he just wanted to smash that as hard as he can as if to say, ‘You know what I’m not trying any flicks and tricks anymore, I’m smashing it.’ That’s exactly what happened.”

Do Klopp’s trio deserve the criticism?

Salah and Mane were targeted by Hutchison, but Roberto Firmino’s performances have also come under question since the season began.

Individually, the trio’s goal tallies for the season so far after 14 games in all competitions are not to be sniffed at.

Mane and Salah both have seven to their name, while Firmino is slightly behind on four.

The expectation surrounding the attackers is much higher this season given how devastating they were in the 2017-18 campaign.

All three are yet to click, but using words such as ‘horrendous’ is a bit of an exaggeration.

The trio are expected to be scrutinised, and it is fair to say that they are not yet up to par, but the quality will shine through eventually.