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“Not what he was”- Manchester United legend makes Mohamed Salah claim amid poor Liverpool run

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Gary Neville believes Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah has not been up to his best this season

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, while speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast (h/t Liverpool.com) believes talisman Mohamed Salah has not been up to his best this season.

Liverpool have been far below par this season and currently sees themselves in ninth position in the league.

This is a big fall from the standards shown last season where we were competing for an unprecedented quadruple and now even finishing top four seems like some distance away.

Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah is the talisman of the new Liverpool attack Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Neville believes that Salah’s current form is one of the reasons behind the downfall of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“Salah’s not what he was in previous seasons, Mané’s gone and the others are a little rugged and raw around the edges.

There are things that you could argue are going against Klopp, there’s no doubt,”

Although one could argue that Salah hasn’t been producing numbers that we have seen in the past that is outlandish due to the immense nature of the performances he has given.

Not many professional footballers could match what Salah has done for us in the past few seasons and a return of 173 goals in 282 appearances speak of the impact itself.

It is current that the departure of Sadio Mane has affected us more than it should have but that is mainly down to the loss of connection that the fluid front three had.

Now, with Salah as the leader of the forward line and new signings in Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz, it would definitely take some time to get used to the new system.

Mohamed Salah climbs to seventh on the Liverpool all-time top scorers' list.
Mohamed Salah is seventh on the Liverpool all-time top scorers’ list. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

However, blaming our best player on the pitch is not the answer and in a season where many claim that Salah has performed to his best, he still has scored 17 goals in all competitions.

This is a nice return for any Premier League footballer and there is no doubt that once the forwards learn about each others’ movements, there could only be more goals and assists for Salah.

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The Egyptian’s future was a major uncertainty last season but with the player signing a contract extension till 2025, we have to stand behind our players and believe that sooner rather than later we find our lost form back.