With Liverpool’s impressive 2017/2018 campaign, the Red’s manager, Jurgen Klopp would have been under pressure to maintain the exact line up—to avoid tampering the player roles, especially for Mohammed Salah since he contributed a whopping 42 goals across all matches.
Nevertheless, the Liverpool coach ended up switching Salah to a more central role to give more opportunities to the newly signed Xherdan Shaqiri.
Klopp, while speaking to the press about Salah over Christmas said, “He has to adapt a bit to a slightly different position. It is not that much different but it is different from time to time.”
The change eventually paid off as it has not only helped maintain Salah’s high scoring rate, it has also improved other areas of his game. This season, no Premier League player is better at winning the ball in the final third than the Egyptian forward.
This improvement, in addition to his speed has made him contribute more in terms of goals and assists. Salah also was joint top scorer in the EPL going into the New Year.
Jurgen Klopp, the Red’s coach about Salah’s all round improvement said, “He is still, with his desire and his speed, especially on the first few yards, just impressive. He is a very important part of our finishing situation in general; how we prepare them, how we come in these situations.”
The change even though it was subject to intense scrutiny at the beginning of the season, has got all Liverpool attackers firing on all cylinders with the forward line now having a total of 40 goals between them in all tournaments this season. It now appears to be the tactical tweak that would help Liverpool win the title.