Mohamed Salah isn’t enjoying his best time at Liverpool but a trick from last season could bring back his best.
Salah’s numbers look good – he has eight goals and four assists in 13 Premier League and Champions League games. Things look less good underneath, however.
He’s only got two non-penalty goals in the Premier League, while he’s rarely been decisive, either. Only against Salzburg and, arguably, Arsenal, has Salah truly been the difference.
And so with Salah struggling, it’s easy to remember last season when he couldn’t buy a goal. The Egyptian went 11 games without one and drew plenty of criticism for his performances.
We had a look at the situation back then once Salah suddenly stopped scoring and we found something interesting. Simply put, Salah as a striker guarantees goals.
The situation last March looked like this – 14 games as a striker, 15 goals; 21 games as a winger, 5 goals. An enormous difference.
Now, Liverpool play 4-3-3 under Jurgen Klopp and we’re certainly not advocating changing that. It’s been incredibly successful and has the Reds top of the league.
But in games like that against Aston Villa or Tottenham Hotspur, where Liverpool dominated play and couldn’t find a goal, this does look like a solution. All it requires is a little in-match change.
Salah finds it easier scoring centrally. While, Sadio Mane is in such incredible form that he damages teams from anywhere the right and left, as we saw on Saturday. A change with him shouldn’t dry up his goals.
And so this could be a little solution to bring back Salah’s form. It could revitalise him, help his confidence and bring back Liverpool’s dual-threat.