Liverpool are no longer ‘superhuman’ and are now overly dependent on Mohamed Salah, claims Peter Crouch.
Liverpool must find some spark elsewhere as Salah has been their sole source of inspiration of late.
The Reds looked to have gotten their form back but a shock loss to Brighton at Anfield on Wednesday night proved otherwise.
Liverpool had only one shot on goal all through the game and lacked any clear-cut chance as well.
The Premier League top-scorer in Mohamed Salah couldn’t inspire his side to a third successive victory. In his past four games, he has been involved in five goals, scoring four of them.
On closer look, the above tally shows that Liverpool seem to struggle of late when the Egyptian doesn’t turn up.
Salah bagged a brace in the Reds’ 3-2 defeat to United in the FA Cup. In the 3-1 victory over Tottenham, he was a live-wire all through and even had a goal disallowed. Against West Ham, he was the star of the day with two spectacular goals that inspired his side to victory.
Liverpool have also dropped points over recent weeks against West Brom, Newcastle, Burnley and Southampton. Ex-Reds forward Peter Crouch claims they have lost their dominance and need to find other sources of inspiration for goals.
“They were superhuman last year and I think we are seeing a human side to them, understandably so,” former Reds striker Crouch told BT Sport after the defeat to Brighton.
“They are missing Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane, anyone would miss those players.”
“Having said that they are a title-winning side, won the Champions League, they should have a deeper squad. Liverpool are capable of putting a real big run together but whether you can see City losing four or five games I’m not so sure.”
Crouch said on Salah: “There’s over-reliance on Salah. [Roberto] Firmino’s got to step up. It felt like he was coming back into it, but Salah’s the one scoring the goals.”
“It was a shame when Jota got injured as he was pushing them to start.”
“When Salah’s not on it or he misses chances I just don’t think there’s enough. When Mane’s out and Jota’s out, there’s not enough in the team to score goals.”