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When he struggles, they struggle: Is Liverpool a one-man team?

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Liverpool are obviously made of many top strikers who can score a double-digit number of goals in a single season.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Dominic Solanke, Fabinho, Shaqiri among many others, are the list of strikers under Jurgen Klopp but one man has been the most influential of them all.

Mo Salah — The man behind Liverpool’s success

Mohammed Salah, the former Chelsea star, is one of the top strikers in the world and he has been the best player at Anfield since his move to the Merseyside club from Roma last season.

Despite being at Anfield for just one complete season, the Egyptian is one of the most loved players among the Reds’ supporters, thanks to his goalscoring prowess and unselfish traits during games.

In last season’s race for European Golden boot award, he was on the same tally with Cristiano Ronaldo and eventually won the highly-regarded personal glory.

Salah was so important to Jurgen Klopp’s team that whenever he struggles for goals, the whole team also find it hard to score plenty of goals.

Though Sadio Mane and ‘Bobby’ Firmino sometimes prove their goalscoring ability in Salah’s absence or off-form, they weren’t as effective as whenever the Egyptian is in fine shape and form.

In the early part of this season, the Egyptian was far from his convincing form, Sadio Mane rose up to the occasion but couldn’t shoulder the responsibilities for many games.

On his part, Brazilian striker Firmino could do nothing to help his team score many goals as he was equally experiencing a barren form in front of goal.

As Salah continued to find his way back to form, Mane who was getting the goals suddenly failed to score, while Firmino neither scored nor assisted.

The Reds, who often win matches with wide goal margin, surprisingly win games by a goal margin such as 1-0 win over Brighton, 2-1 victory over Leicester City and 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in September.

The 26-year-old is now back to his fine form and the whole team are cruising and crushing their opponents by a wide goal margin.

Even if he didn’t get on the scoreline, the inspiration and confidence his teammates draw from his presence has propelled the team to another level of greatness.

They are unbeaten after 16 round of matches, thanks to a wonderful show of character and ability from the frontline inspired by Salah.

Salah’s hat-trick vs Bournemouth proves his importance to the team

In today’s Premier League fixture involving the Reds and the Cherries, Salah recorded his second hat-trick of the season as he beat Asmir Begovic in three different occasions.

Salah put up a man-of-the-match display to put his side ahead of Manchester City in the race for the Premier League glory.

If the Reds must beat Manchester City to the season’s ultimate prize, the former Chelsea man must continue his fine run of form throughout the season.

I am a student of journalism, a part-time blog admin, football writer and analyst

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  1. Carmo F.

    December 9, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Yes Liverpool is a one man team. Salah has kept a lot of cleansheets and successful passes and assists during the course of the 16 matches that have been played thus far.

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What Solskjaer Said About Rashford’s Missed Penalty In Crystal Palace Defeat

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his say on the missed penalty from Marcus Rashford during the disappointing penalty loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Crystal Palace secured a first league win at Manchester United for the first time in three decades with a 2-1 win thereby recording their first victory of the new Premier League season.

After the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talked about the missed penalty while he was fielding questions from reporters.

He was asked about the penalty miss from Marcus Rashford during his post-match presser.

According to him, he doesn’t want to get caught up in the penalty drama involving Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba before adding that penalties are there to be scored and missed as well.

Former Manchester United striker Solskjaer also revealed that he missed several penalties during his successful football career.

Marcus Rashford is in the spotlight after he missed a second half penalty which hit the inside of the crossbar.

Manchester United were one-nil down at that point thanks to the first half strike from Jordan Ayew.

The Red Devils equalized through a wonderful goal from summer signing Daniel James before Patrick Van Aanholt won it for Crystal Palace in added time.

Paul Pogba also missed a second half penalty during the league game at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

 

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Nacho Monreal Agrees On Deal To Return To Spain

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Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has agreed on a deal to return to the Spanish La Liga this summer.

The Premier League transfer window ended two weeks ago but Monreal can still leave Arsenal before the European transfer window ends on September 2.

According to Marca, Spanish top flight side Real Sociedad have agreed on a deal to sign him.

It was revealed that Real Sociedad have offered him a two-year deal with the option of a third year.

Nacho Monreal has one year left on his Arsenal contract at the moment.

The Gunners are keen to offload fringe players like Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed ElNeny before the European transfer window shuts and Nacho Monreal could leave as well.

His playing time at Arsenal will almost certainly reduce with the summer signing of Scottish international left-back Kieran Tierney.

The Scottish defender was signed from Celtic FC of Scotland in a deal reported to be around £25m.

Kieran Tierney is injured at the moment but the new Arsenal defender is expected to return to action before the end of next month.

Nacho Monreal was in action for Arsenal as they lost to hosts Liverpool earlier on Saturday.

Monreal and Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

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Unai Emery Urged To Drop Four Players For Liverpool Clash

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been told to drop four players for the Premier League clash at Liverpool.

Unai Emery was advised by Manchester United legend Gary Neville while he was doing his media work on Sky Sports.

According to him, Unai Emery needs to take the young players out of his starting XI for the Liverpool game.

Young players like Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson have featured heavily for the Gunners in their first two games of the new Premier League campaign.

According to ex-Manchester United right-back Gary Neville, Liverpool have a formidable home record spanning the last 12-18 months and what to expect from them for the Arsenal game but the same can’t be said about the Gunners.

Gary Neville said there’s still an air of unpredictability with the Arsenal squad.

He expects Granit Xhaka to come into the Arsenal XI for the Liverpool game.

The Swiss international missed the last game because of a back injury as Arsenal defeated Burnley 2-1 to make it two wins from two Premier League matches.

The star of the show was summer signing Dani Ceballos after the Spanish international provided two assists either side of the halftime interval to give the Gunners victory over Burnley.

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Klopp Reveals What He Did To Aubameyang At Dortmund

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has narrated how he impacted the career of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when they were at German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund together.

Klopp talked about the Arsenal striker during his last press conference ahead of the Premier League meeting between Liverpool and the Gunners.

Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday evening with the hope of making it three wins out of the first three Premier League games of this season.

Arsenal also have the opportunity to achieve the same target having won their first two league games.

Jurgen Klopp revealed how he transformed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from a winger to a lethal striker.

The Liverpool manager signed Aubameyang for Borussia Dortmund from French top flight club Saint Etienne in the summer of 2013 and they were together at the Signa Iduna Park for two years before Klopp left in the summer of 2015.

Jurgen Klopp became the Liverpool manager in October 2015 and he has been able to build a title-winning squad on Merseyside.

For Aubameyang, the Gabonese international star was signed by Arsenal in January 2018 for a then club-record fee of £56m.

The transfer record has since been broken by fellow African player Nicholas Pepe whom the Gunners signed for £72m this summer.

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Van Dijk Reveals Toughest Opponent Ahead Of Arsenal Game

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Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has revealed his toughest opponent in the Premier League.

The Dutch international centre back disclosed the best opponent he has faced in a chat with British media outlet TalkSport.

According to him, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is the toughest opponent he has faced.

Virgil Van Dijk spoke about his most difficult opponent ahead of the blockbuster Premier League meeting between his team and Arsenal.

The former Groningen defender has been a big asset to Liverpool since joining the club from fellow Premier League side Southampton in January 2018.

Liverpool paid a then world-record fee of £75m to sign Van Dijk thus making him the most expensive defender in the history of world football until this month.

The record was broken by the £85m transfer of England international Harry Maguire from Leicester City to Manchester United.

Virgil Van Dijk was a key player for Liverpool who reached the Champions League final in his first season at the club.

Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final.

Van Dijk and Liverpool went one better in his second season after they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win the Champions League title.

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