It’s been quite the start to the season for Liverpool and Mohamed Salah and he’ll be hoping to continue that against his former club, Chelsea. The forward scored a wonderful hattrick in Liverpool’s opening day win
But not everything was perfect for the men from Merseyside. They struggled defensively and shipped three goals against Leeds. Without Salah’s brilliance, it may have been much worse.
And the Reds will hope that the Egyptian continues to dominate against Chelsea as Liverpool look to defend their Premier League title. They need him to do so as if they struggle then they could be in a world of hurt against the Blues.
Mohamed Salah Looks to Continue His Great Form for Liverpool as They Face Chelsea
Mohamed Salah Great, but Liverpool’s Defence Poor
Remember when many pundits thought that Mohamed Salah would be a one-season wonder for Liverpool?
The Egyptian’s certainly proved them wrong as he’s scored a whopping 75 goals in 121 Premier League appearances on his way to two Golden Boots.
And his quality was on display in last Saturday’s win over Leeds. The forward scored an amazing hattrick and his second goal, a thundering top corner volley, was particularly memorable.
It certainly had manager Jurgen Klopp raving.
“First and foremost congratulations to him because he’s a very special player very, very special player. The numbers tell the story a little bit, all the rest you probably don’t know,” said the German. “But today’s a very good example as he put three more goals on his score list, but the performance all-round was absolutely exceptional in a game like this.”
However, he has not always been at his electric best against his former club Chelsea. The Egyptian has only scored two goals in six games against the Blues – though one of them was an absolutely incredible strike.
And the Reds will need him against Chelsea – especially since it doesn’t seem they can rely on their defence anymore.
After starting last season incredibly, the Red’s rearguard has slacked off and many too many errors – this recent malaise was shown by Virgil van Dijk‘s error against Leeds.
Klopp will be hoping this doesn’t continue as Chelsea’s attack will punish even the smallest of errors
A New Look Chelsea
Some things never change.
In Chelsea’s case, it’s shown by their rampant spending in the transfer market. The Blues, who are infamous for paying tons of money for new players, did so again this transfer window.
It would be a marvellous bit of dramatic irony if he got his first goal against Liverpool since the Reds were reportedly heavily interested in his services.
Liverpool will certainly have to be very careful against this Chelsea attack. But, they will be hoping Kepa Arrizabalaga continues his poor form.
The Spanish goalkeeper was woeful last season and had the worst save percentage of any Premier League goalkeeper in July.
If Mohamed Salah continues his wonderful form, then Chelsea could be in trouble.
Liverpool beat Chelsea in their last meeting. On the day that they lifted the Premier League trophy, the Reds showed why as they won a thrilling game 5-3.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a brilliant free-kick in an end to end contest. Many fans will be hoping for a repeat.
Considering these two teams have great attacks and poor defences, goals have to be expected. However, they will cancel each other out.
Chelsea 3-3 Liverpool