Liverpool icon Steve McManaman has slated Mohamed Salah following his display at the weekend, saying the Reds forward is “not playing well”.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges stumbled once again on Sunday as they drew 0-0 with Manchester United at Anfield.
Liverpool’s front line is one of the most dangerous in world football but the stalemate against the Premier League leaders was their third top-flight game in which they didn’t score.
Salah went into the game having not scored in his previous three top-flight matches – his longest drought of the season – and was unable to end that sequence against the Red Devils.
“I think it is a little bump in the road but against Southampton they didn’t make any good chances (and) tonight they didn’t make any good chances,” McManaman told Optus Sport after the game.
“They got into good positions but the final ball let them down. It is becoming more of an issue.
“It wasn’t when you could throw Diogo Jota on, but there’s not a lot when you look at the bench now. Origi coming on with three minutes to go today, that shows you what he expects from him.
“I don’t know whether it is just a lack of confidence; the forward players are not playing well, Salah is not playing well, he didn’t do anything today to get defenders moving from side to side which he is normally good at.
“Mane was on the periphery, Firmino’s touch wasn’t there at all. Liverpool 66 percent possession, they played well to a point, but there is something missing from them. It was just nothing, not moving any defenders around at all.”
Salah has been an incredible player over the years for Liverpool and it’s not as if he didn’t work hard against United, coming close to opening the scoring twice in the game.
At present he’s a bit out of form, something that happens to all players, it’s just unfortunate that Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are also not at the best right now.
But amid accusations that Salah is being selfish, it’s not stopped him from racking up such an impressive goal tally – and an alright assist tally – in red over the years, has it?
Really, it’s nothing to worry about too much, surely the 28-year-old – and his front line partners – will back on form soon enough.