Liverpool news: Graeme Souness claims Mohamed Salah has not looked at his best since he came up against Lisandro Martinez in the Reds’ defeat to Manchester United.
Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season when they faced Man Utd at Old Trafford in their third match of the PL 22/23 season. Man Utd inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Liverpool to secure all three points.
Salah scored Liverpool’s only goal of the match but he was mostly kept in check by the Man Utd defense, including Martinez. The Argentine had also barged into Salah in the early stages of the game.
Salah has not scored for Liverpool since his goal against Man Utd, and Souness has expressed concerns over the Egyptian’s form.
Liverpool news: Salah not the same since facing Lisandro Martinez, says Souness
“I’m looking at Salah for Liverpool against Man Utd and in the first five minutes Martinez goes right through him,” Souness told Sky Sports.
He added: “The rest of the game, Mo Salah looked for Martinez and looked for where he was. I’ve not seen the same Mo Salah since.
“I just hope – and he’s signed the big contract he wanted – but at this level, if you knock off half a percent or one percent then you are not the same player.
“I hope this is not him getting semi into his armchair because he has signed a big contract.
Souness said he has said it so as to make Salah angry and prove him wrong. “I’m saying that as a Liverpool supporter – hopefully to make him angry and prove me wrong,” added Souness.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have not had the start they wanted in the Premier League 22/23 season. They kicked off their league campaign with a 2-2 draw to Fulham. Liverpool shared points in their next game too as Crystal Palace held them to a 1-1 draw.
Then came the match against Man Utd. Liverpool then secured a 9-0 win over Bournemouth in their next game. They followed that up with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United.
But, Liverpool again dropped points in their next game. They faced Everton in the Merseyside derby and shared points with them as the match ended in a goalless draw.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have nine points from their first six games. They sit seventh in the league table, six points behind league leaders Arsenal. Liverpool’s next game in the English top-flight is against Wolves. Before that, they begin their Champions League 22/23 campaign with a group stage match against Napoli.