Key Salah change from title win affecting Liverpool team-mate ominous for rivals – pundit

Mo Salah celebrates scoring Liverpool's Champions League opener at Porto

Liverpool pose more of a threat now that Mohamed Salah has developed his relationship with strike partner Sadio Mane, according to Ian Wright.

The Egypt and Senegal internationals, respectively, have proved two of Jurgen Klopp‘s best Reds signings. Both players recently reached significant milestones following exceptional form since they signed.

Mane and Salah have now both scored 100 goals for Liverpool. Salah, though, has notched 100 Premier League goals and he did so in the fifth-fastest time in the top flight’s history.

As such, he has been known as the main goalscorer in manager Klopp’s front line. But that mantle has raised concerns that Salah does not provide enough chances to Mane, instead opting to try and score himself.

Indeed, Michael Owen spotted the issue at a game at Anfield last season. Before that, though, during Liverpool’s title-winning season, Mane vented his frustrations at Salah after coming off against Burnley.

However, the pair combined to great effect to put Liverpool ahead against Manchester City before the international break. As such, Wright believes that he has noticed a change in their relationship.

“When I watch them now, you can always tell with the strikers if they celebrate with each other. If they celebrate with each other, then you know that it is fine,” the pundit told Premier League Productions.

“And they do, they do celebrate with each other. I think there was a time when Mane came off [Burnley in 2019]. They have obviously sorted that out now.

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“Now you see them looking for each other. You do see them looking for each other sometimes.”

Salah’s record stands at 134 goals and 50 assists in 212 games for Liverpool.

In netting 100 goals in the fifth-fastest time, he stands behind four traditional strikers – although Salah has described himself as a winger.

According to Wright, though, Salah has aspects of his game that mean he could play as a striker.

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Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah 2021

“Mo says he is a winger but then he does show traits of being a striker,” the pundit added.

“There are times where I see that he could have passed, but I say to myself ‘I wouldn’t have passed that’.

“He’s somebody that, when you get in the box, I wouldn’t complain about or call selfish because Mo Salah scores and he assists. When he doesn’t pass to you, you know he will at some stage.”

Liverpool return from the international break to face Watford next Saturday.

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