Mohamed Salah is having the longest goalscoring drought in the Champions League, with Liverpool desperate for the Egyptian talisman to get back into shape against Ajax and avoid losing an unwanted record
Liverpool will be hoping Mohamed Salah’s unexpected rest this weekend can help propel their talisman to peak form.
The Reds have had their worst start to the season under Jurgen Klopp, picking up just nine points from their opening six games.
Liverpool then suffered their heaviest joint defeat in the Champions League after being hammered 4-1 at Napoli on Wednesday.
“Klopp, you look at what he did at Borussia Dortmund and how his career ended there, it’s happening again at Liverpool,” talkSPORT host Jason Cundy said.
“Liverpool are spiraling out of control. They’re not the same team. [Sadio] Mane is a failure.
Liverpool originally thought they had just two days to regroup and bounce back at home against Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.
But this match was among many to be postponed as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II after her sad passing.
Liverpool will now return to action at Anfield for their second Champions League group game against Ajax tonight instead.
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The extra time off could prove beneficial for a number of the club’s tired and out-of-shape stars – many of whom still appear to be feeling the effects of last season’s quadruple mammoth hunt… but none more so than Salah!
As well as spearheading Liverpool’s charge to lift an unprecedented four trophies, Salah also suffered the heartbreak of losing the AFCON final on penalties before Egypt missed out on Cup qualification. of the world.
Salah secured his future at Liverpool in July, signing for three more years for around £350,000 a week.
Yet with just seven goals in his last 28 games and none in his last four, Reds icon Graeme Souness fears Salah is ‘in his chair’ but has expressed hope the winger will help him. will prove otherwise.
And Salah will be desperate to do that straight away against Ajax and end his longest Champions League scoring drought at eight games.
The 30-year-old was anonymous in the Napoli humiliation but remains Liverpool’s all-time top scorer in Europe’s top competition with 34 goals.
Salah failed to score the last time Liverpool and Ajax met in the Champions League in 2020-21 and it’s not just the man himself who wants him to strike again in the goals.
Liverpool have never started a Champions League campaign with two defeats in their first games.
Another loss to an informed Ajax side would be Liverpool’s last dip – all eyes will be on Salah to make sure that doesn’t happen…