Thursday Feb 02, 2023. 11:00
Liverpool legend John Aldridge says the team needs Egyptian star Mohamed Salah to recover his goal-scoring form if they are to get out of their current slump.
The Reds’ struggling season continued last weekend when they were eliminated from the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat away to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Aldridge, who won a league championship and FA Cup with Liverpool in the late 1980s, believes Salah is one of the key players who needs to get back to his best for Jurgen Klopp’s side to fire again.
“The nature of Liverpool’s defeat at Brighton couldn’t have been any worse. With the problems that we currently face we’d have taken a draw there,” Aldridge wrote for the Liverpool Echo.
“That would have been a good result and we would have got them back to Anfield, but we got caught out and in the end it was a nightmare.
“It was a great goal from Mitoma, but we left ourselves exposed at the far post and now it’s back to the drawing board. There were a few positives from the game but we’re just not winning.
“Mohamed Salah was far more involved in the first half than he has been recently, but as I said the other week, when you’re in this type of situation, your big players have to be big. And Mo’s just not scoring goals. The chances that he had – it’s not the Mo Salah that we know.
“Cody Gakpo looks dangerous at times, when he gets away from players – but when you’re in a struggling side, you need Mo Salah to get goals.
“To go in front and lose 2-1, that’s even more galling. We do need the big players, the ones that have been there and done it, to stand up.
“I thought young Harvey Elliott and Stefan Bajcetic did well. But it feels like it’s the younger lads who are doing it when the senior players should be.
“But that’s where we are at the moment. The team is drained of confidence and the way the game finished [on Sunday] won’t help at all.”
Liverpool will look to return to winning ways when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home in the Premier League on Saturday 4 February.
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