Don Hutchinson has told Optus Sport’s The Midweek Review that Mohamed Salah “upsets the flow” at Liverpool. The comments took place in the aftermath of a disappointing 0-0 draw against Newcastle United at St James’ on Wednesday.
Salah, 28, has been engulfed in intense transfer speculation in recent weeks having failed to rule out a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid in an interview with Spanish publication AS.
It would be premature to suggest his performances have suffered as a result of such rumours, yet, his recent performances have been affected by something.
The Egyptian was the polar opposite of his usual brilliant self on Tyneside, after all. He was a peripheral figure against Newcastle missed a number of openings for his team – including two glorious chances.
Hutchinson discussed Salah’s [£34 million] performance after the match – making claims that he disrupts Liverpool’s attacking rhythm. He also mentioned how “frustrating” the forward can be, as a result.
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Liverpool’s success in recent years, has largely been built on their front-three. Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been formidable and have inspired the Reds to glory all around the world.
But they don’t look as sharp this season. Too often, they’ve lacked a cutting edge in front of goal, costing points.
Also, ‘player power’ is a real thing in the modern game. If someone wants to leave, they almost invariably can – regardless of the length of their contract.
Just look at the likes of Michael Owen, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho. Every aforementioned name left for a team of their choice and at the moment of their choosing.
Things are a little different now, however. Liverpool are thriving and no player can upset the dynamic Jurgen Klopp has created – not even Salah.
Salah will turn 29 come to the end of the season. As will Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool, then, need to think about the next crop of potential attacking superstars.
That may well mean that Liverpool decide to sell Salah. One thing is for certain, however, the Reds will determine when and if the player is to leave in the future.
Liverpool will have to plan their succession plan carefully, then. Replacing big players takes time and the club will have to weigh when is best for Salah to step aside.
At this moment in time, Liverpool have no reason to sell. He is still the most prolific player in the Premier League after all, with 13 league goals to his name this season.
Liverpool supporters shouldn’t worry. The club remain in control of the situation and undoubtedly hold all the cards.