It may not have been pretty, but Liverpool secured a 2-1 win against Leicester City on Saturday to stay joint-top of the Premier League.
Goals from Sadio Mane – his fourth in four games – and Roberto Firmino were enough for all three points, despite Alisson allowing Leicester back into the game with a mistake.
Liverpool’s £66m summer signing tried a fancy turn just outside his six-yard box but gave the ball away to Kelechi Iheanacho, who set up Rachid Ghezzal.
But a win is a win and it’s such hard-fought victories that will go a long way in Liverpool’s bid to win the Premier League.
There is one concern at the moment, though, and that’s Mohamed Salah’s form.
Salah has only scored twice this season and missed a number of chances against Leicester. Jurgen Klopp replaced him with 20 minutes remaining.
Controversy involving the Egypt national team seems to have distracted the 26-year-old, whose place in Liverpool’s starting line-up isn’t as safe as everyone thinks claims Ian Doyle.
SALAH FIRING BLANKS
He wrote: “The worry was the display of Salah, who missed a sitter early on and had fewer touches than anyone else who started the game before being hooked with 20 minutes remaining.
“Those off-field distractions must surely be having a detrimental effect. Xherdan Shaqiri’s subsequent bright cameo suggests he will be ready post-international break.
“Certainly, nobody’s place should be safe. And that’s exactly how Klopp wants it.”
Salah also had two goals to his name at this stage last season so his recent form in front of goal shouldn’t be looked into too much.
However, a statistic has emerged from the Leicester win that shows there’s definitely nothing to worry about. If anything, it’s reason for Liverpool fans to be positive.
Most chances created in the Premier League this season:
• Mohamed Salah (13)
• David Silva (13)
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Salah has created the joint-most amount of chances this season (13) alongside Manchester City playmaker David Silva, which suggests the Egyptian’s approach to games is evolving.
Just like Lionel Messi does for Barcelona, Salah is starting to dictate play for Liverpool and create more chances for his teammates.
And it’s clearly working judging by Liverpool’s tally of nine goals in the Premier League – third most – and their place in the table.
It could well be that Klopp has given Salah the freedom to drop deeper in order to pick up possession and create more space for Firmino and Mane.