A slew of Liverpool players will be taking part in the World Cup and one player that everyone had on their minds was Mohamed Salah and his chance of doing something special with Egypt.
The first game of the tournament was against Uruguay and former Liverpool man Luis Suarez. Unfortunately for the Pharaohs, they lost the game to a late Jose Gimenez goal but not bringing Salah on at all was irking, to say the least.
Think about it. Why would you keep your best player on the bench if you did not want to bring him on at all?
Egypt weren’t bad against a superior side but the game lacked quality, something that Salah would have easily provided. After all, the Liverpool man had the season of his life and could have done more had it not been for Sergio Ramos.
Granted, there were fears that the attacker had not recovered from his shoulder injury but if that was the case, why was he named in the side at all?
It really makes little to no sense to add a player to the 18-man matchday squad without any chance of him making an impact on the game.
Would it not have been better to keep him out of the side and prepare him better for the next game? Of course, you could keep Salah in the side for emotional and psychological support but keeping him in the 18-man squad just did not make an iota of sense.
This isn’t the first time or the last time we will see this. Similar situations have taken place with the likes of Emre Can or Adam Lallana being put into the side without them getting a run-out or getting a couple of minutes to play. And it isn’t just Jurgen Klopp who would do this, as almost every top manager uses the matchday squad, more often than not, will include players that may not get to play.
Liverpool fans would have been upset with the fact that they could not see Salah against Suarez even for a couple of minutes.
However, Egypt were playing a long game as their real opponents in the race for the second place would be Russia and Saudi Arabia. The hosts were truly impressive against the Arabs but Egypt did seem to provide more fight to Uruguay.
Big relief still for the Reds
With Salah not playing, it will come as great news for us as he did not have to go against the likes of Gimenez or Diego Godin, a couple of players that don’t necessarily play clean.
It is one game less that we have to worry about and hope that our star player comes back fit for a real go at the Premier League title and more.
Of course, should Egypt make it out of the group, they could face Spain and that in itself will be a major story as we could see Salah v Ramos part II. However, their defeat against Russia tonight paints a worrisome picture.
Nevertheless, if Egypt progress by luck and face Spain in the next round, let’s hope to see a better outcome for us and not Salah fighting to get Ramos booked. The best outcome for us would be to see Salah win this clash and come back in great form, for what could be a truly special season at Anfield.
“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham
Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.
The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:
“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.
“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.
“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”
Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.
The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.
The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.
Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.
Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City
The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.
Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:
“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.
“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”
Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.
The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.
“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”
Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.
We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.
“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.
The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.
It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.
Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 11, 2018
The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) November 11, 2018
Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 11, 2018
James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 11, 2018
Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 11, 2018
It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 11, 2018
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.
Another great result. Good job boys! See you after the international break 🔜🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/igSp0lkO6S
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) November 11, 2018
Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.
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