According to Liverpool reporter Neil Jones, Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff devised a proper plan in the summer that has helped Mohamed Salah score a truckload of goals.
Jones explains in his article for Goal that Salah would take utmost advantage of his blistering pace and trickery with Roberto Firmino attacking up front.
That idea from Klopp has worked wonders as the Egyptian has bagged 40 goals across all competitions.
“Repetitive training drills focused on getting him to play ‘inside’ rather than ‘outside’. The idea was that Liverpool’s full-backs would provide the width in the team, with Salah, Mane and Firmino free to wreak havoc infield – “organised mayhem,” is how one observer puts it,” Jones wrote in his article for Goal.
Salah has been a revelation under Klopp since signing from AS Roma last summer. He was once deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea by Jose Mourinho and was later sold.
However, his exploits with Fiorentina and then at Roma didn’t go unnoticed as Klopp snapped him up at the start of this season.
While Salah has been a sensation throughout the campaign, Klopp expressed his disappointment at the jet-heeled Egyptian for taking wrong positions during the first half of his Liverpool debut against Watford.
“Still, there were teething problems,” Jones added. “Liverpool’s first league game of the season was at Watford, and Klopp spent the first half of it annoyed. Salah, he saw, was playing too high and too wide. He was making himself too easy to mark.
“The message was relayed at half-time and it got through. After the break, the No.11 won a penalty, converted by Firmino, and then notched his first Reds goal – a poacher’s effort from a couple of yards out. The game finished 3-3.
“Since then, there has been development at every turn. Salah looks a perfect fit for Klopp’s side; his confidence has soared and his performance levels have barely dipped below ‘exceptional’.”
Such has been the impact of Salah in his debut season at Anfield that it has very been difficult to describe the player. After the Egyptian’s goal against Bournemouth, he became only the third Liverpool player to reach 40 goals in a season.
Salah is a quick, slick and agile winger. His blistering pace on the ball is what brings nightmares to defenders and his finishing ability has been top notch this season.
Overall, we have got a gem of a player in Salah. Let’s hope he scores more until the end of the season and helps us win the Champions League this term.
Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet
Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.
The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.
Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.
However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.
Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.
Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.
Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery
The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.
Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.
The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.
Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.
Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star
The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.
The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.
The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.
Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.
Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.
Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.
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