Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s sub-par showings versus the rest of English football’s top sides have been summed up perfectly by a statistic doing the rounds on social media, in the aftermath of his side’s draw with Manchester United.
Man United 0-0 Liverpool
Liverpool travelled to Old Trafford for a lunchtime Premier League kick-off yesterday, aware that a win would see them move 3 points clear of Manchester City atop the English top-flight.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, though, had picked up just 1 victory from their last 4 outings across all competitions ahead of their visit to Manchester.
United, meanwhile, were keen to keep their scintillating domestic form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment alive, with the Red Devils having sat a point clear of 5th-placed Arsenal in the Premier League table ahead of yesterday’s clash.
As a result, the crucial nature of the matchup at Old Trafford saw a high-octane, end-to-end meeting predicted.
However, what subsequently unfolded over the 90 minutes in Manchester proved quite the opposite.
Both United and Liverpool struggled to carve out clear-cut opportunities, eventually culminating in the spoils being shared in a drab 0-0 draw.
In fact, the main talking point surrounding the matchup involved a quartet of first-half injuries, which saw all of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Roberto Firmino forced off.
4 – There have been four first half substitutions in the Manchester United v Liverpool match; the first time this has happened since February 2009 (Wigan Athletic v Fulham). Hamstrung. pic.twitter.com/XSCZrxKKRs
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2019
Throughout yesterday’s clash, the respective defences were largely on-top, with the attacking stars on show having, for the most-part, failed to deliver.
And no individual failed to leave his mark on proceedings more-evidently than Liverpool star man Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian was some way off the pace at Old Trafford, with Salah’s touch, link-up play and general decisiveness having left a lot to be desired.
In fact, with Liverpool in search of an all-important goal late in the clash, Jurgen Klopp opted to haul the former Roma man off.
And, in the aftermath of Salah’s latest disappointing performance versus one of Liverpool’s Premier League top-6 rivals, the following statistic has surfaced online, showcasing just how poorly the 26-year-old has fared in high-profile league outings this season:
Mo Salah’s record against sides also in the top 6️⃣ this season:
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) February 24, 2019
Mo Salah’s quality is undeniable and he’s undoubtedly world class, but his record against the big 6 this season is very alarming.
In 8 games this season against the top 6 sides, Salah has only 1 goal (a penalty) and 1 assist. Has to do better against the top teams in the league.
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) February 24, 2019