Liverpool superstar Mo Salah must try to use the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to recapture his goalscoring form.
The winger is with the Egyptian national squad and will take on eSwatini – formerly Swaziland – in two games, and be hoping to rediscover his mojo after a tough start to 2018/19.
Salah has scored three goals for the Reds this term, which is actually only a slightly worse return than at the same stage last season.
But in general, the ex-Roma man has looked a shadow of the player he was last term.
He looks a little jaded, and isn’t taking up as many dangerous positions compared to 2017/18. His finishing also appears to have deserted him at the moment.
Salah must take advantage of lowly eSwatini
It looks as though Salah has actually become the victim of his tremedous 2017/18 campaign.
At times he has tried too hard to make things happen, and it could be that he perhaps feels the pressure of his record-breaking debut season at Anfield weighing heavily on his shoulders.
The winger needn’t think about that, as he was always going to struggle to replicate those same levels this time around.
eSwatini represent a big chance for Salah to get back some confidence.
Egypt should win the game comfortably, and Salah has to treat the affair almost as a means of getting his eye in.
A player’s scoring touch can desert them if they aren’t scoring goals frequently. Salah finding the net against eSwatini will at least raise his confidence ahead of his return to Anfield.