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Even though Liverpool won 1-0 against Ajax on Tuesday night in a result that secured the Reds’ place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, there will be questions about Mohamed Salah’s performance.
The Egyptian winger, who recently returned to the first team after a brief period due to current viral outbreak, played 89 minutes against the Dutch champions but never got going.
According SofaScoreThe former Roma player received a 6.3 rating for his display, which ranks him as the worst player of all who started the game.
The 28-year-old had two great scoring opportunities against Erik ten Hag’s team and missed both, and the Reds relied on Curtis Jones’ second-half goal to win three crucial points.
Salah also had just 34 ball touches during his time on the field and was able to complete just 15 passes, resulting in a 75% pass accuracy rate.
Was Salah poor against Ajax?
Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who started in goal in Alisson’s absence, completed 30 of his passes during the game, which was obviously more than Salah.
That only further suggests that the Egyptian international was something of a passenger on Tuesday night, in a match that Klopp needed him to play, as the loss to Ajax would have left the group wide open.
Salah even lost possession 11 times during the game and was successful with just one of his dribbles, and the Ajax defenders apparently outdid him.
He also struggled from a defensive standpoint, winning just six of his 13 games during the game, which should further infuriate Klopp as he was second best for much of the game.
However, it has still been an excellent start to the season for the Liverpool winger, who is currently valued at a huge 150 million euros (135 million pounds sterling) by the CIES Football Observatory, as he has scored eight goals in nine Premier League appearances, resulting in an excellent Who scored average score of 7.53.
Hopefully, for Reds and Klopp fans alike, the Egyptian will return to his best in Liverpool’s next game against Wolves at Anfield, as he was nowhere near the required level on Tuesday night.
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