Liverpool are more and more reliant on Mohamed Salah to score their goals. That dependence is at dangerous levels.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United was one we’ve seen before. The Reds had a lot of possession, didn’t use to build a strong lead, then gave away a sloppy goal late on.
It was also yet another game where Liverpool turned to Mohamed Salah for their goals as no one else looked capable. That’s become a theme this season and a very worrying one.
Salah’s record this season is fantastic. He’s just scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season, for instance – the third time he’s managed that.
In fact, he’s the only Liverpool player to do that three times, which is quite remarkable (he fell one short last season).
But Salah’s goals usually come as part of the front three. He’s merely one piece of the world’s greatest attacking threat.
Unfortunately, Salah is now the only consistent threat.
He has three Premier League goals this month – that puts him halfway to Roberto Firmino’s season tally. Salah has eight Premier League goals in 2021 – that’s enough to make him Liverpool’s joint-second top scorer.
Behind himself, of course, who would still have 12.
He’s Liverpool’s top scorer in the Champions League, too, with six. Because of course he is – who else would be?
The need for Salah goals
Liverpool desperately need to win games at the moment. Though, it has been that way for a while.
The race for the top four is a tight one with several teams involved. The winner will almost certainly have to win every remaining game.
But the Reds can’t rely on their defence to keep clean-sheets, given the injury crisis. That puts the pressure on the forwards to ensure those clean-sheets aren’t necessary every week.
Unfortunately, they’re not doing that. Salah is the only one who is putting the ball in the net with any consistency and he’s not even at his best.
The Egyptian went on a run of five Premier League games without a goal before the international break. This isn’t some incredible 17/18-esque season where he’s shattering records. He’s just the only one putting in even reasonable performances on a regular basis.
It’s difficult to know how long this can keep up. Or how long it should. Does Jurgen Klopp have to shake things up immediately?
If he doesn’t, it’s hard to see how Liverpool qualify for the Champions League. Then comes the real danger – does Salah even want to stay?
ESPN recently claimed that Liverpool aren’t sure he does. Salah being unhappy, let alone actively wanting out, would create huge problems that aren’t easily fixed.
We’ve written before that Liverpool ‘hold all the cards’ when it comes to Salah’s future. We’re not sure that’s true anymore.
The Daily Mail says he at the very least wants a new contract and, given the reliance on him, the Reds will almost certainly have to hand him what he wants.
The thought of moving on from him right now is impossible.