Mohamed Salah form struggles: The Liverpool forward is the worst finisher in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool is enjoying a tremendous season in the Premier League. The Merseyside club is unbeaten in the English top flight in 2018/19 and is third in the league, level on points with league leaders Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side has won six matches out of 8 in this season, with draws against Chelsea and Man City.
However, the dip in Mohamed Salah’s form continues to be a concern for the German manager. The Egyptian forward, who finished as the highest scorer in the history of the Premier League last season, has scored only 3 goals in 8 appearances.
Moreover, Mohamed Salah has the worst conversion rate in the Premier League at the moment, which is a wild swing from the previous season.
Mohamed Salah form struggles:
The Liverpool star scored 32 goals in the Premier League in the 2017/18 season. He ended the season as the best Premier League finisher. However, the fortunes have reversed for the forward.
Salah, in 32 shots he has taken this season so far, has registered only three goals.
In the Premier League this season:
Alvaro Morata: 363 minutes played, 181 minutes-per-goal.
Mohamed Salah: 675 minutes played, 225-minutes-per goal
Food for thought… pic.twitter.com/v1y8SaKKPE
— The Fourth Officials (@The4officials) October 11, 2018
Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to determine the quality of every shot taken during the match. An xG of 1.00 is a shot which should’ve been converted into a goal. Throughout the season, one can calculate the number of goals a player should’ve scored, which often reflects the player’s performances in the season.
Mohamed Salah’s performances in this aspect are disappointing, to say the least.
The forward who had the highest xG by an incredible 6.86 goals (25.14 expected goals vs 32 actual goals), has underperformed massively this season.
“He will bang the goals in. I’m not sure he’ll hit the heights he did last year but he is still a magnificent player.”
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler says Mo Salah has nothing to worry about regarding his early-season form.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 11, 2018
His xG vs real goal difference in the season is 2.91, the highest in the league, which signifies that he has underperformed by almost three goals this season.
“I am completely relaxed. I didn’t say Mo should relax because he has to work hard, but that’s what he is doing. It is a completely normal situation, nothing to worry about.”
Salah’s strike rate so far this season isn’t of any concern to the boss…https://t.co/qlhUkBuTjI
— LFC India (@LFCIndia) October 5, 2018
Mohamed Salah was the PFA Player of the Year for the last season in the Premier League. He also played a central role in Liverpool’s run in the Champions League, which saw the club reach the final. However, an unfortunate injury after a collision with Sergio Ramos ended his match before the end of the first half.
— TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) October 8, 2018
The impact of the injury might still be persisting, according to reports.