Liverpool as a team have not met their usual standards this season, and for most fans no player represents that drop off better than Mohammed Salah.
The Egyptian was perhaps playing better than he ever had 12 months ago, scoring five goals in his opening six Premier league games as the Reds made a confident start to the 2021-22 campaign.
But fast forward to this autumn and Salah’s numbers read two goals from six top-flight matches – to go with two assists registered in the victory against Newcastle – and just five shots on target.
Yet more alarming than the stats is the lack of involvement he seems to have at the moment in Liverpool’s attack, for some playing very much on the periphery.
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It is a notion Jurgen Klopp rejected outright when speaking after Liverpool’s 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby at Everton on Saturday.
‘No, it’s not more than other seasons or whatever, I’m not sure what you see there,’ Klopp told reporters after being asked about Salah’s positioning.
‘We want to have Mo there in this position but we want to have Mo, and we always had him, more often in central positions as well.