Liverpool hero Graeme Souness admits he wants to make Mohamed Salah “angry” in order to provoke a reaction from the Egypt international. Salah produced another below par performance against Everton on Saturday afternoon as the Reds were held to a goalless draw.


Salah, who signed a new contract in the summer, has scored just two of his side’s 15 Premier League goals this season. During Liverpool’s clash against Manchester United last month, the 30-year-old was on the end of a crunching tackle from Lisandro Martinez in the early stages of the game. And Souness thinks Salah has been a different player ever since.

I’m looking at Salah for Liverpool against Man Utd and in the first five minutes Martinez goes right through him,” Souness told Sky Sports after the Reds’ clash at Goodison Park. “The rest of the game, Mo Salah looked for Martinez and looked for where he was. I’ve not seen the same Mo Salah since.

“I just hope – and he’s signed the big contract he wanted – but at this level if you knock off half a per cent or one per cent then you are not the same player. I hope this is not him getting semi into his armchair because he has signed a big contract. I’m saying that as a Liverpool supporter – hopefully to make him angry and prove me wrong.

Salah has enjoyed a fecund five-year stint on Merseyside since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017. During his time at Anfield he has bagged an incredible 159 goals and 66 assists in 261 appearances and has helped the club win the Premier League, the Champions League, the Club World Cup, the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

But his slow start to the season has clearly had an impact on the Reds’ form and they already face an uphill challenge to be involved in the Premier League title race. And former striker Peter Crouch has also aimed criticism towards Salah.

The last five or 10 minutes they were applying pressure and Salah had moments in that last 10 minutes where you thought ‘why couldn’t you do that in the first half,” Crouch said on BT Sport after the Everton draw. “That’s going to be another criticism labelled at Liverpool because he’s started badly. They just didn’t start well.

Salah will be hoping to rediscover his best form when Liverpool begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to Napoli on Wednesday night. And he will then turn his attentions back to the Premier League when the Reds host Wolves next Saturday.