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Paul Ince: Salah struggling with post-World Cup problems

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Liverpool’s former midfielder Paul Ince has pointed out that post World Cup issues are the reason behind ’s tough start to 2018/2019 season.

Despite netting three goals in his eleven appearances with the Reds this season, Salah has had a less inspiring start to the season, comparing to last season’s form where he scored 44 goals in all competitions with Liverpool.

Ince suggests that the 2017/2018 Premier League Player of the Year has been enduring some post-World Cup problems, believing that the international duty made him rush back for his return, despite not being fully recovered from the injury he suffered in Champions League final.

“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,” Ince told Express Sport.

“He was injured at the end of last season and maybe wasn’t fully fit for during the World Cup,”

The former Blackburn Rovers manager has compared Salah’s situation with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba who had a memorable summer playing a great role in helping his nation win the World Cup, but he has been struggling with The Red Devils so far.

“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,” the 50-year old concluded.

 

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