Former Tottenham midfielder and current Match of the Day pundit Jermain Jenas last night revealed his opinion that Liverpool need Mohamed Salah to rediscover his form quickly, following the Egyptian’s disappointing showing versus Chelsea yesterday evening.
The two sides went head to head at Stamford Bridge, in a crucial fixture in the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Tottenham’s shock loss to West Brom on Saturday afternoon meant that Chelsea would close the gap on their London rivals to just 2 points with a win, while such a result would also leave Liverpool just a solitary point clear of Spurs.
The early exchanges in London yesterday saw Liverpool well on top, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both going close for the Reds over the course of the opening half-hour.
However, it was Chelsea who opened the scoring, through January signing Olivier Giroud, after the Frenchman did brilliantly to nod home a dinked cross from Victor Moses with 32 minutes on the clock.
And that was all she wrote in terms of goalscoring at the Bridge, with an uncharacteristically quiet second 45 from Liverpool’s attacking stars having eventually seen Chelsea emerge with a deserved, and potentially crucial 1-0 win.
Of the Reds’ attacking trio, Sadio Mane looked the most lively throughout proceedings at Stamford Bridge, with Mohamed Salah having looked some way short of his best once again.
The African wide-man, who has of course enjoyed a historic season to this point, has struggled to make any real impact in Liverpool’s last 3 fixtures, with large sections of the club’s fans having expressed their concerns with the form and fitness of their side’s star man following yesterday’s defeat.
And Jermain Jenas echoed these concerns when analysing the performance of Salah versus Chelsea on Match of the Day last night, with the former English international having explained:
‘When they did get into good positions around the box, Salah had one of the worst games I think he has had in a Liverpool shirt.’
‘He is entitled to have a bad game given the season he has had, but Liverpool need to fix this quickly because they have got two of the most important games of their whole season coming up.’
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May 7, 2018 at 09:04AM