Paul Ince believes that the reason Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and possibly Manchester United’s Paul Pogba are not having the best start to the season is because of the World Cup.
‘He was injured at the end of last season and maybe wasn’t fully fit for Egypt’
When speaking about Salah and Pogba’s form this season, Ince stated:
“Yeah, Salah’s struggling, but he’s an outstanding player.
“You can’t drop him as you need to keep those three (Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane) together.
“He was injured at the end of last season and maybe wasn’t fully fit for Egypt.
“I know Pogba was great for France but he’s not been as impressive for United.
“That could be because of the World Cup.
“I’ve played in these tournaments and they’re far from easy. They’re draining and can be exhausting.
That could be why Salah is struggling and possibly Pogba too.”
Salah’s ‘poor’ start for Liverpool
Mohamed Salah arrived at Liverpool from Serie A outfit AS Roma last season.
In his debut season for the Reds Salah would take the footballing world by storm.
The winger would amass an impressive goal tally off 44 from 52 games last season for Liverpool.
Salah would also bag 16 assists and was a huge reason why Liverpool were able to make it to the final of the Champions League.
Salah was also nominated for both the Best and Ballon d’Or awards for 2018 with Salah making it to the final three of the Best.
As a result, many people were expecting Salah to repeat his great form this season.
Salah has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season, in those games, he has scored three and assisted two.
While this is by no means a terrible goal and assist return, it is not close to the Salah of lasts season, hence why Ince is speculating that the World Cup wore the Egyptian out.