Liverpool news: Salah in 'rough patch' after 'massive' development

By Gabriel Agbonlahor

8th Apr, 2022 | 9:00pm

Mohamed Salah in 'rough patch' after 'massive' Liverpool reveal - pundit

Mohamed Salah is going through a “rough patch” but his form should not worry Liverpool in the long term.

That is the view of ex-Aston Villa and England forward Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Salah’s recent performances.

The 29-year-old has only scored twice from open play since Christmas and was hooked after 69 and 61 minutes in their last two games.

As quoted by the Daily Mirror after the 3-1 win over Benfica on Tuesday (5 April), Jurgen Klopp backed the Egpyt to come good as it will take time to adjust after the “massive pressure” of representing his country.

Salah missed a crucial penalty as Egypt lost to Sadio Mane’s Senegal in a World Cup play-off game last month (29 March) – almost two months after they lost the Africa Cup of Nations final to the same opponent (6 February).

Asked whether the winger’s form should be a concern for his manager and club, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I don’t, to be honest.

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“Any player that’s been through an Africa Cup of Nations final defeat and a World Cup play-off defeat is going to be affected.

“Mo Salah, ok, he hasn’t scored in open play for a while but look at his goal tally – he’s already scored over 20 this season. Players are allowed to have a little rough patch.

“Against Benfica he could have scored loads of goals he just needs to be a little bit more clinical with his finishing.

“It’s nothing to worry about for Mo Salah or for Liverpool.

“That’s where other players can step up so you’re not relying on goals from one person. If Salah’s not scoring, Diaz or Jota or Mane can share the goals around them.”

In other news, Liverpool have been handed a title ‘advantage’ over Man City after Ruben Dias news is confirmed.