With Mohamed Salah set to miss Liverpool’s upcoming matches due to AFCON, we’ve compared their record with and without the Egyptian King since 2017-18.
There’s no denying that Salah currently ranks as one of the best players in the world and he has been in fine form for the Reds during 2023-24.
Unsurprisingly, Salah has been Liverpool’s most productive forward this season as he already has 14 goals and eight assists in the Premier League alone.
If Egypt manage to make it all the way to the AFCON final, Liverpool will be without Salah until the middle of February. He could miss as many as seven games for Liverpool while on international duty which would be quite the blow.
Jurgen Klopp is confident that Liverpool will be able to deal with Salah’s absence, although he has recognised the void that he will leave.
“Each long-term plan I could have had depends massively on who is available,” Klopp told reporters. “So why should I think in October who I can use when Mo is away, when I have no clue who is available?
“We have solutions today and I hope we have that after Newcastle as well. It is not the first time, it is a really very average situation that you lose your goal scorer. But we had it even worse in the past when both Sadio [Mane] and Mo left.
“We always came through it. Traditionally at least one of them went far in the tournament at least, which makes it even worse.”
Along with Salah, Liverpool will also have to deal with Wataru Endo’s absence as he will be heading to the Asia Cup with Japan.
“We have to get through this,” Klopp added. “We know the Africa Cup of Nations appears and Mo has to go, and so we have to deal with it, that was always clear.
“Now with Endo we have a participant of the Asian Cup as well. We knew it and now we have to deal with it, and we will.”
Amazingly, since Salah’s arrival at the club, he has only missed a total of 31 games. The 31-year-old boasts an excellent fitness record and is rarely suspended or out of action for a prolonged period.
You might be surprised to learn that Liverpool actually boast a superior record without Salah as they have a higher win percentage without the Egyptian forward.
However, it is worth considering that Salah usually sits out of Liverpool’s cup games in the early stages of the competition when they play weaker opposition. This therefore boosts the Reds’ overall record without Salah in the squad.
We’ve gone ahead and crunched the number to see how Liverpool’s record with and without Salah compares since his arrival at the club in 2017-18.
Liverpool’s record with Salah
Win percentage: 64.5%
Loss percentage: 16.6%
Points per game: 2.12
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Liverpool’s record without Salah
Win percentage: 77.4%
Loss percentage: 9.7%
Points per game: 2.45