Expert thrilled by Mohamed Salah U-turn after what he's just seen at Liverpool
Noel Whelan has claimed Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah is back to his “clinical” best after struggling for form at the start of this term.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Jurgen Klopp’s side “weren’t creating enough” for the 30-year-old during his lean spell.
Salah has now scored nine goals in his last eight appearances across all competitions after his brace helped Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday (6 November).
That is a stark contrast to his first eight games of this term, from which he managed just three strikes.
Salah can also look forward to a six-week break after Saturday’s (12 November) clash with Southampton – with Egypt failing to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
The forward signed a fresh three-year deal during the off-season which is netting him a reported £350,000-a-week.
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Whelan claimed an increase in “tempo” within Liverpool’s play is key to helping Salah remain prolific.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “What we’re getting now is the clinical Salah, isn’t it? Total U-turn.
“We didn’t see that at the start of the season. He started really slowly.
“If you give him the chances then he will score. But at the start of this season, they weren’t creating enough for him.
“I don’t think the tempo was right. They were missing that really fast, one or two-touch tempo that Salah thrives from.
“We’re starting to see that Liverpool from last season come back, but it’s about consistency.
“It can’t just be for one or two games – they’ve got to meet these standards every single game.”