Leeds United defender Diego Llorente explained what it’s like defending Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. The Spaniard doesn’t exactly see it as an easy task.
Mohamed Salah is playing out of his skin right now. 10 goals in 10 Premier League games with six assists, too. Another five goals in three Champions League games.
He’s playing a new wider role that benefits Liverpool as a whole, too, and putting in some fantastic defensive shifts. Right now, there surely isn’t a better player in the world than Salah.
But what’s it like coming up against him? Leeds United Diego Llorente tried to offer some insight into that this week.
Diego Llorente on defending Mohamed Salah
“I could not tell you much; there is no key to stop a player, especially individually,” Llorente told Cadena SER.
“The only effective way is to play as a team and with help. Although in some action you can defend him well, the game lasts 90 minutes, and in many, you will need the help of your teammates.
“He is in a spectacular moment – the numbers reflect it – he is a complete footballer at all levels, he is fast, strong; he is skilled with the ball…
“As you focus on a player, they will use other weapons such as the offensive progression of their wings. They are a very complete team and one of the contenders to win the Champions League.”
Salah is in the form of his life and it certainly sounds as though defenders are getting that impression. He’s this consistent, all-around threat who will happily dribble or pass around you.
He has an unbelievable knack for finding shots, too, and as Llorente points out, this is only half of it. Focus too much on Salah and you open up Liverpool’s other threats.
Sadio Mane, for instance, is really taking advantage of that this season. He adapted his playing style to become more of a goal-poacher – to fantastic results.
So yes – we completely believe that defending against Salah right now is a bit of a nightmare. Long may it continue, too, as the Egyptian continues to be Liverpool’s big threat.
And the longer this form goes on, the more daunting defending Salah becomes.