Sadio Mane has been in incredible form this season and that might just help out Mohamed Salah.
Now, Salah is hardly having a disaster of a season. He’s slightly more productive, in terms of stats, than Mane in the Champions League and Premier League, in fact.
Both have played 13 games in those competitions, both have scored eight goals. Salah has four assists to Mane’s 2, however.
But it’s when you delve a little deeper that you see Salah’s struggles. He only has two Premier League goals from open play, for instance, while he’s rarely been decisive.
He was arguably the match-winner against Arsenal and was against Salzburg but that’s really it. Salah did score the winner from the spot against Tottenham, too, but even then, Mane won the penalty.
Mane, on the other hand, has produced match-winning performances in the Super Cup against Chelsea, away at Southampton, at home against Newcastle United, at home against Leicester City and this weekend at Aston Villa.
But while Mane has placed Salah in the shadows with his form, there is hope that it will benefit both.
Mane is the star right now – and teams will know that. They’ll put more attention on him, try to stop him in more ways etc. That’s something that will take pressure away from Salah and afford him more space.
Which, at the end of the day, is what he needs. His heroics over the last two seasons mean teams pay particular attention to him, often allowing other more freedom.
But now that Mane is taking advantage of that, we may see the roles switch once again.
Salah may not be thriving now but that could all change by the end of the year.