Liverpool’s formation switch vs Bournemouth was great news for Mo Salah

Liverpool 3 – Bournemouth 0

Liverpool are back on top of the Premier League above Man City.

Man City can reclaim first place on Sunday, however, should the Sky Blues beat Chelsea.

At Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 home win against Bournemouth.

Sadio Mane put Liverpool into the lead with a header in the first half.

Soon after the Reds were 2-up thanks to a superb lob from Gini Wijnaldum.

Mo Salah scored the third early in the second half after a lovely piece of skill from Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool’s formation switch & Mohamed Salah

For much of the season Mo Salah has been used through the middle for Liverpool.

That’s seen Roberto Firmino play in a deeper role behind the Egyptian, while the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri has often operated in the wide-right slot.

However Shaqiri was absent against the Cherries, and Jurgen Klopp switched up his side’s tactics.

Salah was shifted back onto the right, while Firmino was deployed through the centre.

As analysed by Jermaine Jenas in the Mail on Sunday, Salah thrived down the flank:

I really enjoyed seeing Mohamed Salah back on the right with Roberto Firmino through the middle. Salah has played down the middle a lot recently but having him out wide gets the best out of everyone. You get a better Salah, you get a better Firmino. You get a better overall performance.

Players like Salah, if you play them down the middle, will still get their goals. But it has an impact on those around him. Firmino then starts to drop deeper than he needs to and stops having as much of an influence on the game by linking play and getting forward.

The Mail on Sunday also posted Salah’s heat-map against Bournemouth.

Mohamed Salah vs Bournemouth

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Also see: Impressive Sadio Mane stat emerges after Liverpool 3-Bournemouth 0.

Debate rages online over whether Liverpool’s opener vs Bournemouth should have been ruled out.