Mohamed Salah for Liverpool in Premier League Season 2018/19
Liverpool have started their Premier League season unbeaten but have failed to register a win in their last two Premier games, playing out draws against Chelsea and Champions Manchester City. But the major talking point in Merseyside has been regarding the form of their talismanic forward Mo Salah.
The Egyptian has not been in the best of form this season. His performances thus far has shown us flashes of brilliance, moments of wastefulness, signs of frustration and mostly a dip in his manic goal scoring rate from last season, and this has led to many people raise questions of the star man’s form coming into this season. Nevertheless, maintaining the standards of last terms record-breaking season was always going to be a challenge, especially when the whole world is set up to stop you hurting them and most importantly when you spend most of your summer shaking off a shoulder injury to be fit for the World Cup, only to see your dream turn into a nightmare.
🤔 The most transferred out player this game week?
— Sky Sports FF (@SkyFantasyFooty) October 19, 2018
Mohamed Salah: The Stats VS The Eye
While statistics tell you that Salah has managed to score just twice in the first six games, but your eye would tell you a different story. Those who watched the Egyptian in action will tell you that he missed chances at Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Leicester City, ones which he is expected to finish. His touches and his passes are also sloppier than when he is at his best. Yet, when one looks at last season’s stats, it tells a different story. Last season Salah managed to score just 3 goals in his first six games for the club and two of the games ended 5 – 0 and 3 – 3. It was not until October that Salah started his goal scoring form. Between October and December, he netted 17 goals in 17 games, prior to which his rate was 6 goals in 12 games.
28 years… 100 million Egyptians…. 1 year anniversary…. Words can’t express the feeling of helping bring such joy to my people… pic.twitter.com/H6SX0i1zyf
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) October 8, 2018
Salah, not Liverpool’s only goal threat
This season Liverpool look a lot less reliant on the Egyptian King. Sadio Mane has started the season really well, and the same can be said about Brazilian Roberto Firmino. Daniel Sturridge seems to have found his goalscoring form back and also won the player of the month a few days back, scoring crucial goals for the Reds. Shaqiri is yet to be unleashed properly in a Red shirt and with all these factors in mind, could Salah’s dip in the form actually be good news for Klopp?
Unlike last season, Liverpool are able to pull off victories through tight margins and have managed to stay defensively solid this season. It is certainly frightening for their rivals to imagine what they would look like when their Egyptian takes full flight.
Salah’s huge influence on the pitch
Many times, the impact the man has on the pitch is overlooked when he fails to net goals. His pace often leaves the left back of the opponent unsure of committing to attack, as seen in the case of Danny Rose and Ben Chilwell when Liverpool played Tottenham and Leicester respectively. While against Palace, he won a penalty, got a defender sent off and set up Mane for the clinching goal. Regardless of weather the pacey winger scores or not, he certainly has a huge impact on the way this Liverpool team plays and will play a huge role in their contention to win silverware this season.
Those looking for signs of unrest at Liverpool can look elsewhere because all is well at Merseyside, the home of the Egyptian King. With Liverpool’s tough run of fixtures finally coming to an end, Salah has a chance to play his way back into form, starting Saturday when Liverpool face Huddersfield away.