Is Mohamed Salah irreplaceable for Liverpool?

Mohamed Salah is no doubt world-class, and his consistent goal output makes him an irreplaceable part of this Liverpool side. SCOTT MASON reports.

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Liverpool recorded back-to-back away wins in London as they came away 3-1 winners once again, this time against West Ham United. Mohamed Salah scored twice while Georginio Wijnaldum added the third as the Premier League champions put on an outstanding display.

It was the Reds’ No.11 who was awarded the man of the match award after an excellent performance, including two well-taken goals at the London Stadium.

Salah’s first of the game arrived in the 57th minute. Curtis Jones who had only been on the pitch for less than a minute when the goal went in was at the centre of the move. The Englishman drove the ball forward, played a pass into Trent Alexander-Arnold who then found Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss returned the ball to Jones who made the final pass to the feet of the Egyptian.


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The finish was vintage Mo Salah with the forward drifting past the Hammers defenders, shifting the ball onto his left foot before curling the ball into the top left corner.

The 28-year-old’s second was the pick of the bunch as well as an early contender for goal of the season. It was a classic-counter attacking goal with the Reds only needing seven touches of the ball to go from their own box to the back of the net at the opposite end.

The play began when the Anfield club cleared away a corner and the ball fell to their No.66, the right-back swung a long ranged pass into the space on the left wing where Shaqiri retrieved the ball. From there he hit a first time cross into the box and with a beautiful and a world class touch Liverpool’s top scorer controlled the ball and poked it past Łukasz Fabiański.

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The run, the control, the composure and the finish all combined into one make this goal one of the best the Egyptian has scored for the Reds. There are very few players in world football who would be able to complete that counter-attack the way the right-sided attacker did. It was world class.

He is currently playing his fourth season on Merseyside and, with the former Roma man in your team, he guarantees you at least 20 goals a season.

The movement, the pace, the consistent output of goals and assists each year as well as his desire to win trophies makes Mohamed Salah an invaluable asset to Liverpool.

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There are currently no right-sided attackers available in world-football that could replicate what the forward has done throughout his time at the club, other than Lionel Messi, which makes Salah an irreplaceable member of Jürgen Klopp’s squad.

The Reds return to Anfield on Wednesday evening where the Premier League champions will host Brighton and Hove Albion with that huge showdown against Manchester City looming on Sunday.


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