Mohamed Salah’s positional change can benefit Liverpool in the long run – even if it’s cutting his goals right now. Salah isn’t scoring as he usually does.
There’s been plenty of talk around Mohamed Salah this season. The Egyptian only has four goals this season, after all, across the Premier League, Champions League and Community Shield. Two of those were penalties.
Mohamed Salah’s positional change
Only Kevin De Bruyne has created more chances in the Premier League this season than Salah (23 to 22). Essentially, Salah has changed his game to become more of a creative influence, rather than scoring the goals himself.
Graeme Souness has wondered if Salah’s just not quite as motivated as he usually is. We think that’s completely wrong but something has changed. Luis Garcia is more along the right lines – Salah has changed his role.
Liverpool signed Darwin Nunez to start the season as their new no.9. He’s very different to previous options as he simply leads the line. The Uruguayan’s role isn’t to drop deep and vacate the striker space like Roberto Firmino or even Diogo Jota.
That’s space that Salah has attacked over his Liverpool career, putting him closer to goal. This season, he’s played far wider and as a more traditional winger – it’s a move we believe was deliberate.
Salah, then, needs to adapt to this style and to Nunez. Nunez must do the same, of course, and we think that long-term, it should only benefit Liverpool.
Liverpool will hope that by the end of the campaign, he’s found a way to get those goals, though. The dream, then, is that they end up with a more versatile winger. Someone who can create en masse for a striker while also scoring his usual 20 – 30 goals.
But it’ll take time. Just as Nunez needs time to get used to Liverpool, Salah needs time to change his game. By the end of the season, though, Jurgen Klopp will hope to have everything clicking and potentially, a truly unstoppable attack.