Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies has spoken about the difficulties of facing Mohamed Salah after playing Liverpool on Saturday.
As quoted by Football.London, Davies opened up on the crucial penalty-area block he made on Salah during the second half of the game at Anfield.
“He’s an incredibly dangerous player and when you get him on that left foot, you know he’s going to shoot at some point,” said the defender.
“I got lucky in a way, I just threw myself at it and got a foot in the way. It got me on the leg on my left foot. As defenders, that’s where you want to be. You want to be throwing yourself in front of it and I thought we did that well today.”
They certainly did. Liverpool just couldn’t break through Spurs’ resolute defending for much of the game. Thankfully, Luis Diaz did eventually manage to squeeze a deflected shot past Hugo Lloris. That was the best Liverpool could muster though, and a point will have to do.
Salah losing his spark
What Davies says is absolutely right – Salah is an incredibly dangerous player. You don’t get to the top of both the Premier League goals and assists charts for nothing.
Despite his well-earnt reputation though, Salah’s influence in attacking situations is waning badly for Liverpool. He has just four non-penalty goals in 21 games for The Reds since returning from AFCON in February.
Of course it doesn’t help that he has three or four defenders marshalling him at all times. When he is presented with an opportunity though, like the blocked shot that Davies references, he doesn’t look as threatening as he once did.
As Michael Owen pointed out after the game, the Egyptian was also guilty of giving up possession far too easily on Saturday. He wasn’t alone in that, and it must be said that he was electric in the first-half of this season.
But Salah’s in the midst of trying to convince Liverpool to give him a bumper new contract. Sadio Mane is also looking for an increase in his terms. Whilst the Senegalese has come on strong at the business end of the season, Salah is starting to fade.
The 29-year-old is a big game player, though. The Reds have two cup finals on the horizon as well as three huge games in the Premier League.
Now would be a heck of a time to rediscover that goalscoring touch and show exactly why Liverpool should make him the best paid player in their history.