Did Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah reveal the reason for his poor form this season during the Reds’ Champions League defeat of Paris Saint-Germain? Salah, the Egypt forward, has failed to properly get going this term after his mesmerising, goal-filled 2017/18 campaign.
He has scored two goals and assisted a further two in just six appearances, but the 26-year-old looks out of sorts whenever he takes to the field. Salah’s performances are somewhat mirroring those put in by another one of the Premier League’s best goalscorers – Harry Kane.
Kane, the Tottenham star, has endured an uncharacteristic dry spell this term, and be’s been criticised week after week for failing to find the back of the net. Salah has avoided any real criticism, though talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino offered his view on the Egypt international’s performances. “It’s been a tricky last few months for Mo Salah,” Cascarino said, “but it’s going under the radar slightly because Liverpool have won every game.
“Harry Kane has been in the newspapers about his form, it’s all been Harry, Harry, Harry, and yet Mo’s level of performances are clearly nowhere near last year. “You look at him winning all the Player of the Year awards but then getting injured in the Champions League final last season, it’s all gone backwards from there. “He had a disappointing World Cup and he hasn’t really got going this season.”
Salah’s downturn in form does seem to stem from the Champions League final, when Liverpool were beaten by Real Madrid after the forward was substituted in the first half due to injury. A clash with Sergio Ramos, the defender, left Salah with a shoulder injury, and it appears he is still suffering with the problem.
Television cameras caught Salah changing his shirt during Liverpool’s defeat of PSG, played on Tuesday, and he appeared to still have strapping on his left shoulder – perhaps he has not fully recovered?
The suggestion behind Harry Kane’s poor form is that he has not overcome an ankle injury suffered earlier this year, and maybe Salah is not performing up to scratch due to the exact same reason.