The last time Mo Salah went seven games without scoring – & his response

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Liverpool‘s Mohamed Salah is currently going through his longest streak without a goal at the club.  

The Egyptian set the world alight in his first year in Merseyside, setting a new record for most goals scored in a 38-game Premier League season with 32. He’s still managed a respectable 17 in the league so far this year but has now gone seven games without scoring in all competitions.

Here’s how he responded last time he went through a similar goalscoring drought, in his last season at Roma.

The drought

In the Italian capital, Salah hadn’t quite hit the stratospheric heights that he has at Liverpool, so going a few games without a goal didn’t quite draw the scrutiny it does now – especially with Edin Dzeko taking the main goalscoring responsibility up front.

But he forged a reputation as a handy player with a one-in-two strike rate, which only grew when he scored the first hat-trick of his club career in 3-0 win over Bologna in November 2016, as Roma kept touch with Juventus in the race for the Scudetto.

But he followed that up by going seven games without scoring for club and country, as Roma’s title challenge inevitably fell away.

In the next game, he was substituted just before the hour mark as Roma lost 2-1 to Atalanta, then went 90 minutes without scoring against Pescara before an ankle injury forced a spell on the sidelines. He made his return as a substitute against Juventus, being brought on at half-time as they pushed for an equaliser, but couldn’t find the back of the net as they lost 1-0.

That drought carried into the winter break and January’s African Cup Of Nations, in which he failed to score in Egypt’s first two matches, a goalless draw with Mali and a 1-0 win over Egypt.

Back in form

Salah finally stopped the rot, ending a drought of over 600 minutes without a goal, with a crucial winner against Ghana in Egypt’s last Group Stage game of that AFCON, scoring the only goal of the game in the 11th minute.

 

He went on to score one more during the tournament, but couldn’t find the back of the net in the final as the Pharaohs lost 2-1 to Cameroon in the final.

Back in Rome, Salah soon found himself back in the goals. He scored seven and assisted eight in Roma’s final 14 league games of the season to help fire them to second in Serie A.

He also managed a brace in the second leg of the Derby della Capitale Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Lazio, although the 3-2 win failed to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg. He also scored once in a Europa League last 16 tie against Lyon, but Roma were eliminated 5-4 on aggregate.


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