Keown: Salah has been forced to change playing style
Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes that Salah has had to change his style of play due to his injury from the Champions League final.
The biggest game of Salah’s club career so far in the Champions League final against Real Madrid was marred when he was hauled down by Sergio Ramos which gave him a shoulder injury that forced the Egyptian off.
While that game was now five months ago, Martin Keown believes that Salah is still feeling the effects of the shoulder injury and that it may be a factor in his relatively slow start to the season.
The 52 year old said, “Has Salah been the same since his shoulder was dislocated by Sergio Ramos? Ever since he has seemed to be playing within himself. He lost possession 21 times against Paris Saint-Germain and it was his mistake that led to their equaliser.”
“He looks particularly reluctant to use his physicality to protect the ball. Daniel Sturridge was far more effective in that regard, losing possession just seven times. Is Salah concerned about picking up another injury?”
“Liverpool’s main man may not be firing on all cylinders but his team-mates seem to have raised their game by an extra 10 per cent to compensate. The fact they have still won their first six games of the season will strike fear into their rivals.”
Liverpool’s next game is on Saturday afternoon at 4PM Egyptian time against Southampton at Anfield.
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