Mohamed Salah’s form at the start of the season has come under plenty of scrutiny – but should Liverpool supporters be worried about the forward’s displays?
Salah was electric for Liverpool last term, scoring 44 goals in all competitions to win the Golden Boot while being named FWA and PFA Player of the Year.
The Egypt international is yet to find that form so far this season, but we’ve compared his 2018-19 Premier League stats to the same stage last year to see what, if anything, is going wrong.
While Salah recorded a ludicrous goal tally last season, it took him a little while to truly explode.
After eight Premier League games, he had scored four goals, only one more than he has managed so far this campaign.
In terms of assists, he is currently on par with one. Come the end of the season, he had contributed 10 in the Premier League.
A solitary assist does not tell the whole story as, despite not being quite as prolific in front of goal, Salah has been more creative so far this term.
At this stage last season he had created 10 chances for team-mates, whereas he has created 17 this year, only for those extra seven to be spurned by his fellow Liverpool players.
There is cause for both encouragement and concern in the 26-year-old’s tendency to beat defenders this season.
Salah has completed 29 successful dribbles this term, four more than the same stage last season, although his success rate has actually dropped.
At the start of 2017-18, Salah succeeded with 65.9% of his attempted dribbles, compared to 62.1% in 2018-19.
Salah’s passing, meanwhile, has so far proved less prolific and less accurate.
The forward has completed six fewer passes this term (199-193), although that could perhaps be attribute to his increase in dribbles.
Likewise, his passing accuracy has dropped from 82.5% to 73.6%. Again, it should be pointed out that he may be attempting trickier passes, which has also led to an increase in the number of chances he has created.