Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been criticised by Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman following his “quiet” display in Sunday’s Premier League draw.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges hosted West Brom at Anfield and looked on course for another victory after Sadio Mane’s 12th-minute opener.
The Reds held on to their lead going into the latter stages of the game but Semi Ajayi’s equaliser eight minutes from time meant a share of the spoils.
Several of Liverpool’s stars weren’t at their best during the match, with Salah fairly quiet for long spells, and although he still posed a threat, he ran down too many dead ends after the break.
Speaking on Optus Sport, Hoddle deemed the Egypt international “very quiet. Everything he tried was a plod, a different pace.”
Liverpool icon McManaman agreed with his fellow pundit, adding: “Some of the big players didn’t perform – Salah didn’t play well.”
As we all know, Liverpool are unstoppable on their day and Salah is normally one of their most dangerous players, but over the course of a 50-plus game season, there will be individual and team displays that don’t match up to those expectations.
However, playing against a Sam Allardyce side is always tricky – he was the last Premier League manager to leave Anfield with all three points, back in 2017 with Crystal Palace – and this proved the case again.
A quick turnaround follows as Liverpool head to Newcastle on Wednesday and Southampton on Monday, so hopefully Klopp and co can put this frustrating result behind them right away.