By Alan Hutton

12th Sep, 2022 | 1:16pm

Liverpool have problem 'bigger' than Mohamed Salah after Jurgen Klopp refutes claim - pundit

Alan Hutton has claimed the problems at Liverpool are “bigger” than Mohamed Salah.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back suggested the cycle of dominance at Anfield may be coming to an end.

Salah, 30, has not been at his prolific best this season for the Reds.

He has scored three goals in eight appearances across all competitions.

Speaking to ESPN (9 September) former Liverpool winger Luis Garcia said Salah is playing much wider than usual and has stopped running into the box.

Speaking to club media (3 September), Jurgen Klopp refuted suggestions he has asked Salah to play wider this term.

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He said the Egyptian’s position has been no different to previous seasons.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Salah’s form, Hutton said: “I think part of the problem is just that the team in general aren’t hitting the heights that they have in the past.

You wonder if it’s coming to the end of a cycle for this team. They’ve been unstoppable, outwith Man City, for a number of years now, they’ve always hit high numbers, so has Salah, but a lot of pressure is on his shoulders to go and make something happen when they’re not playing well.

In the past, him maybe going out too far wide, getting on the ball and trying to make things happen where it was instinctive and he knew the chances would come. The creative players, whether it be [Andy] Robertson or link up with Trent [Alexander-Arnold], whoever it may be, were always there for him.

Everything’s not clicking at the moment and it’s affecting his play as well. I don’t think it’s just him, it’s bigger than that. It’s more of a team thing with Liverpool.

In other news, a medical insider has cited ‘career-threatening’ injury after update on Liverpool star Fabio Carvalho.