Salah and penalties, it’s not what it used to be. The Liverpool winger (26 goals and 11 assists in 43 games this season) has lost its luster in this exercise. According to journalist Paul Joyce of Timesthe Egyptian international (87 caps, 49 goals) is taking a big risk.
Indeed, the one who has become the all-time leading left-footed goalscorer in Premier League history last Monday, could be relieved of penalties. According to our British colleague, Jürgen Klopp decided, not far from the 30e Premier League day which saw the Reds win 1-6 at Leeds, to speak with their attacking leader. The objective is to agree whether Mo Salah should remain the official penalty taker or if it should be entrusted to a teammate.
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Salah in the hard
This reflection would have matured in the mind of the German coach after the Pharaohs star missed his last two penalties in the Premier League, first in March during the trip to Bournemouth (1-0 defeat, 26e day), then at the beginning of April on the occasion of the reception of Arsenal (2-2, 29e daytime). Each time, his attempt did not even find the frame… Performances that question, while the former Chelsea player remained on five consecutive penalties converted before his bad series.
While Liverpool can no longer afford to waste precious points in the race for Europe (8e PL 6 points from fifth place), the next penalty in favor of the Reds will be scrutinized very closely. Mo Salah could have one last chance to redeem himself and retain his coach’s trust.
As a reminder, of the 29 penalties taken for Liverpool, Salah converted 24 for 5 missed. Overall, these statistics remain excellent.