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18 starts, 17 goals: Mohamed Salah striker record could save Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has a phenomenal record as a striker. It’s so good, in fact, that Liverpool must consider turning to it soon.

Liverpool aren’t threatening opposition goals. They’re struggling quite badly, in fact.

That’s quite a mad thing to say so soon after a 7-0 win but it’s the reality. In three games against West Brom, Newcastle United and Southampton, Liverpool scored once.

They earned just two points, of course, from that possibly nine.

Something has to change because Liverpool simply aren’t the threat they should be. It’s easy to understand why – injuries rob them of consistency. They’re just not the same team as previous years.

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So how do you get them scoring? Putting great players out there clearly isn’t enough as Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah played all three games.

Now, we wouldn’t suggest dropping any of them. But perhaps leaning into one, in particular, could be the answer here.

Central figure

Salah is a good goalscorer regardless of anything else but he has an absolutely phenomenal record as a striker.

We can turn to Understat for a look at this.

As a winger last season, Salah played 30 in the Premier League and scored 17 goals. He also added 10 assists – fantastic numbers.

It’s about what you’d expect from the Egyptian. He put up similar numbers from the wing the prior year, too.

But as a striker, Salah’s record reads like this: 18 starts, 17 goals, 5 assists.

That is elite. They’re Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo numbers. Few strikers in the world can match that kind of output.

And like we say, this is solely when playing down the middle for Liverpool, almost always in a 4-2-3-1.

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We think this could be worth leaning into. As Liverpool struggle to score, they do have a way of unlocking one player in a notable way.

Even if it’s just a small game spell to get the team back on form, moving Salah to striker could be a quick fix this season.

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