Liverpool will next face fierce rivals Manchester United after the international break and while our defence is usually the weak link, the misfiring attack is currently the main focus of criticism at Anfield ahead of the big clash.
The Reds have attempted 48 shots on target which is only second to Manchester City’s 53 in the Premier League this season, but they have only been able to convert 13 of them, 9 less than the Citizens.
While the current unusual goal drought is definitely a collective issue and not down to one or two individuals, one weakness that has somewhat contributed to our recent poor results is Mohamed Salah’s reckless finishing of late.
Salah has scored an impressive 4 goals in his 7 appearances so far but the Egyptian could have had this tally in double figures had he been able to convert more of those 24 shots he has attempted so far in the league.
And former Reds midfielder Jan Molby has suggested that the 25-year-old can improve on his end product by improving his weaker foot ability.
“Mohamed Salah was a little wasteful at St James’ Park, that’s why we talk about his right foot and his seeming discomfort at using it but it is a skill you can work on,” the 54-year-old explained in his column in the Liverpool Echo.
“If he was two-footed then he’d probably have scored another five goals this season.
“Learning to hit the ball with your right foot is a bit like a golf swing in that it’s all about repetition so it’s something you can work on.”
Liverpool’s problems up front are not only down to Salah’s poor finishing, though, as our other two forwards have looked even worse lately. Sadio Mane’s performance against Newcastle United was probably one of his worst in a Liverpool shirt and Roberto Firmino has also appeared out of rhythm in the recent weeks.
Our ‘fab four’ will have to forget the recent results and take centre stage as while a win against an in-form United will be worth far more than 3 points, a defeat will further increase the pressure on Klopp and his team.
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