Mo Salah is out-of-form and playing nowhere near his best football right now. Liverpool’s talisman struggled against Aston Villa before being subbed off after just 65 minutes.
The 27-year-old Egyptian has scored two goals in four games but appears to be struggling.
It is clear why he’s not playing at his peak and exactly what needs to be done to get the best out of him.
The Liverpool winger picked up an ankle injury during last month’s game against Leicester.
Salah was the victim of a nasty challenge from Hamza Choudhury. The tackle left Salah limping and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp enraged.
Despite having the international break to rest and recover the Egyptian has not been able to shake the injury.
Since coming back, he has looked a shadow of the player Reds fans have come to expect. Despite being deemed fit and available it has been clear something is stopping him from performing at his best.
The Liverpool star missed much of last week’s training due to persistent problems with injury.
Only one thing will allow Salah to return to his best form and that is rest.
Liverpool need to drop the player to ensure his ankle heals properly. However, that is easier said than done for the Reds who are dependent on the Egyptian international.
The mid-week clash at Anfield against Genk is one Salah will surely sit out. With all due respect to the Belgian side Liverpool should beat them comfortably with or without our leading man.
After that it becomes much harder to bench Salah. The Reds host Manchester City in a game that has serious title implications.
If Salah is anywhere near to fully fit, he simply must play. He really could be the difference between Liverpool winning or losing against City in a game that will be vital come the end of the season.
Salah is out-of-form due to a persistent ankle injury. He simply needs rest to get back to his best. Let’s hope leaving him out tomorrow is enough so see the return of the “Egyptian King” to peak form.