Yet again, they got away with it. A fortuitous late winner thanks to a mix-up between Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld handed Liverpool all three points on a day where, in truth, they maybe didn’t deserve them.
This type of result is becoming a feature of the Reds’ season. We saw it with Jordan Pickford’s late blunder which gifted Jurgen Klopp’s men three points earlier in the campaign, another fixture in which they were well below par.
Of course, that old adage springs to mind; it is a sign of true champions when you are still winning and not playing well. However, one team can only get so much luck, and the opposition will not always be there to spoon feed you vital goals. Liverpool must start taking their own chances, and Mohamed Salah is a man who has been guilty of squandering key moments in recent weeks.
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Following his failure to score against Spurs, the Egyptian international has now gone eight games without a goal – what is most worrying about this, however, is that he is visibly desperate to end this barren spell, and is becoming selfish in his pursuit to hit the back of the net.
At times against Mauricio Pochettino’s side with the score at 1-0, Salah opted to go for goal himself instead of pass to better placed teammates, something that he was guilty of doing away to Fulham before the international break – he got away with it there, and he got away with it yet again against Spurs.
With just six games to go, one of those fixtures is going to see Salah presented with similar situations to the aforementioned moments – in the business end to the season, he simply cannot keep going for glory himself when crucial, crucial points are at stake.
He doesn’t seem to be learning that the pass is the better option. Perhaps Klopp needs to sit him down and tell him how it is, for his clear desperation to end the worst goalscoring drought of his Liverpool career may cost the Reds in the title race.