Mohamed Salah has been a major factor in Liverpool’s transformation into trophy contenders.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are now capable of challenging for the Premier League title, as well as the Champions League crown thanks to the team’s work ethic and quality.
Salah scored 44 goals in all competitions last season, and at times he single-handedly dragged Liverpool over the line, but in the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign, he has taken a backseat.
Sadio Mane has been running the show as far as the forward three are concerned, while Roberto Firmino’s hardworking nature has not gone unnoticed.
During Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain, it became even more evident that Salah is not quite at the races.
The 26-year-old was the only member of the front three who did not register a single shot on target.
Firmino started the match on the bench due to an eye injury that he suffered against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, and Daniel Sturridge was called on instead.
The bit-part player scored Liverpool’s opening goal in an exciting game which ended in a 3-2 victory for the hosts at Anfield.
One of Salah’s main problems before he was substituted in the 85th minute was that he struggled to keep hold of the ball.
In fact, no other Liverpool player was dispossessed as many times as the Egyptian throughout the match.
In fairness to Salah, he showed good movement and produced some key passes, but the level that is now expected of him was not there.
In six appearances, the attacker has scored twice and there is no doubt that he will be firing on all cylinders in due course, but right now, his teammates are overshadowing him.