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Is Mo Salah going off the boil at EXACTLY the wrong time for Liverpool?

The Egyptian has been well below his best since the first leg against Roma and he needs to rediscover his form before the Champions League final

We are firmly in the business end of the season now.

The part of the year when teams are fighting to avoid relegation, to secure Champions League places, oh yes, and to beat Real Madrid in the final of Europe’s top competition.

And being the most crucial point of the calendar, you need your best players firing on all cylinders.


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Cold. Ice cold.

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Cold. Ice cold.

While Mo Salah has been the driving force behind everything good at Liverpool this season, it looks like he is going off the boil at exactly the wrong time for Jurgen Klopp.

Don’t get us wrong, we know Salah is still an exceptional player and can turn a game in a second with a flash of brilliance.

And he hasn’t lost his mojo overnnight.

But since that special performance in the first leg against Roma, when Salah scored twice, set up another two left the Italians having nightmares, the Egyptian has put in several under par displays.

Yes Mo, two goals AND two assists

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Yes Mo, two goals AND two assists

Not only has Salah been unable to have a defining impact on games, but he has demonstrated a scary lack of confidence when he should be feeling like everything he touches turns to gold.

In Liverpool’s 0-0 draw to now-relegated Stoke, Salah produced one of the misses of the season by his standards, then in the semi-final return leg he took a back seat while Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino just about did enough to see Liverpool make the final and this off colour period was capped off by a horrendous dive in defeat to Chelsea yesterday.

There’s no contact there Mo

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There’s no contact there Mo

The worrying thing for Klopp and all Liverpool fans is that the draw against Stoke and losing to Chelsea yesterday has suddenly plunged them into a battle to make sure they finish in the top four with Spurs and Chelsea both breathing down their necks.

It’s the last thing the manager will want as he prepares his team for the biggest match of their careers in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev in a couple of weeks.

Liverpool are a single point ahead of Spurs and three above Chelsea having played a game more than the London sides, and it is not inconceivable that all three will go into the final game of the season on equal points knowing only a win will do.

And at the moment Klopp cannot rely on Salah’s brilliance to turn draws into wins as he has done for most of the season.


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See you in Russia, pal

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See you in Russia, pal

Salah needs to rediscover his crackle for his team as a matter of urgency and then there’s the small detail of his chance of breaking several records on an individual level slipping through his fingers.

Salah is currently on 41 goals for the season, six behind Ian Rush’s Liverpool record of 47 goals in a season and with 31 league goals, the Egyptian needs only more to break the record for strikes in a 38-game season.

Luckily for him, Liverpool’s last game is a home tie to Brighton who are safe.

Firmino trying to kick Salahs head off

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Firmino trying to kick Salahs head off

But with Salah in his current slump, that game might be more about finding the feeling that saw him become the Premier League Golden Boot leader in time for the gargantuan game against Real at the end of May.

What we do know is that with players like Firmino doing the hard yards to set you up, it’s a whole lot easier.

Just do you what you’re best at Mo.