Man City v Liverpool: Mills issues one-word verdict on Mohamed Salah being axed as 'massive' claim issued
Danny Mills has insisted Liverpool should not drop Mohamed Salah from the starting XI against Man City today (10 April) despite his indifferent form in front of goal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England defender insisted Salah is still a “massive threat” and his current performances are “not a huge problem” as Liverpool are still picking up results.
The 29-year-old has only scored twice from open play in the Premier League in 2022.
He has suffered two heartbreaking defeats with Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations final and the World Cup play-off – both against Senegal – and has contract negotiations looming over his head.
Asked whether Salah’s place in the starting XI is under threat, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No.”
He added: “He’s being judged on his goalscoring record from the past, as Harry Kane was at the start of the season.
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“People were saying ‘He’s gone, there’s no chance’. He scored once in 13 league games and then got back to it.
“Liverpool are still winning and other players are scoring. Mohamed Salah is still clearly impacting things and is a massive threat.
“He’s not scored every game. Wow. He’s actually not played that many games in 2022 so far because of AFCON and the cup games.
“As the season starts to get more congested towards the business end of the season results tend to go 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 as games are a bit higher.
“He’s not scoring every week but Liverpool are still winning every week. It’s not a huge problem. I don’t think Salah’s confidence is affected by that.
“The levels and standards that he has set are so high it almost becomes unattainable to keep doing that. The moment he has a drop-off people will say he’s having a disaster. He’s not, he’s just not as prolific as he was previously.”