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Salah: Anfield’s Kingpin

LIVERPOOL'S match against Tottenham had all the ingredients of a perfect football match. The game was intense and quick, with lots of room for controversy. The match had enough action till its dying moments. Within minute’s joy turned into despair for the crowd at Anfield proving how unpredictable a game of football can be.

Mohamed Salah (Photo Credits: Official Liverpool Twitter Handle)

Salah’s goal in stoppage time led everyone at Anfield to believe the match was over but referee Jon Moss thought otherwise. His controversial decision to allow a penalty saved the Spurs from a major setback. The only reason for Jurgen Klopp to be happy about the result is the incredible performance put in by Mohamed Salah.

Salah’s Skill and Potential

Salah’s transfer from Roma to Liverpool was a masterstroke by Klopp. Salah has been nothing but phenomenal throughout this season. His record of 21 goals in 25 appearances speaks volumes about his talent. His pace and awareness in the box have led to some incredible goals. Salah’s speed was evident in his first goal against the Spurs. His ability to clinically finish almost every perfect pass makes him a fox in the box.

Jamie Carragher the Liverpool legend believes he has the potential to surpass the likes of Ryan Giggs and Robert Pires. Salah’s presence on the right wing has reduced the pressure his teammate Firmino faces from the opposition’s defenders. This freedom has led to some intelligent passing in the final third by the duo. With every game that Salah plays, he continues to impress everyone.

Tottenham vs Liverpool

The Spurs entered the tie as favorites, winning against Mourinho’s Manchester United earlier last week. Tottenham’s tag of favorites soon disappeared as Salah scored within the opening 3 minutes of the game.

Harry Kane had to endure through a difficult first half before finally finding the net in the dying moments of the game to score his 100thPremier League goal.  The striker’s earlier attempt to score through a penalty was blocked by Liverpool keeper L. Karius. He finally reached his milestone by scoring a controversial penalty awarded a few minutes later by referee Jon Moss. The match ended with both the teams tied at 2-2

Klopp’s Strategy

Klopp's strategy of counter pressing has led to some of the fastest counterattacks the Anfield has seen so far.  Liverpool's ability to quickly recover the ball from their opponents has been crucial for their success. This is often done when Liverpool transitions into a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 depending on the situation. Such a strategy requires players to run across the field at a blinding speed, this often requires players with quick feet and enough stamina. The player that perfectly fits this description is none other than Salah. Klopp’s tactics have led the Egyptian to blossom at the Anfield. His performance this season has made football pundits label him as the signing of the season. Many fans hope that Salah would be Liverpool’s next Suarez.

Salah’s immense potential and skill make him a force to reckon with. His style of play has perfectly fit into Klopp’s tactics, providing him the perfect opportunity to take his game to the next level. Salah has what it takes to become an Anfield legend.
 

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