Mohamed Salah wasn’t quite sharp enough in the Community Shield against Manchester City. That should only excite fans, however.

It certainly would have been nice to win the trophy. It’s silverware after all and, really, the best start to a season you can have.

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And Liverpool perhaps should have won it in the second half. Salah, in particular, had some very good chances.

He hit the post, dragged one just wide, and after missing a one-on-one, was unfortunate to see a header cleared off the line.

 

Salah played well, carving out chances and mesmerizing defenders on the ball. But he clearly wasn’t at his best or he’d have scored a couple, such were the opportunities he had. The Salah we’ve come to know since his arrival for £34m in 2017 buries those chances.

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Really, Salah just wasn’t sharp enough to finish how he wanted to against City. As it’s the first game of the season, you can excuse him for that.

He will only get better once he gets a few more games under his belt. Salah barely featured in pre-season, after all, having arrived late after the Cup of Nations.

Mohamed Salah

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It only makes what he did manage to do on Sunday look all the more impressive. The finishing will come once he’s back up to speed.

If this is Salah on an off day, not quite sharp enough and with some ways to go, then he’s set for a fantastic season.

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