Why Liverpool should retain faith in Mohamed Salah ahead of Bayern Munich Champions League showdown

first_imgSalah’s last goal came against Bournemouth over a month ago (Getty Images)Salah’s lean spell in front of goal continued during Sunday’s 4-2 win over Burnley in which his two trusted strike partners Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both helped themselves to two goals apiece. Mane has been in particularly fruitful form of late, netting in each of his previous six home games in the league.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWith games rapidly running out, the margin for error is increasingly slim with City currently just one point better off than Liverpool. A factor that could tip the scales back Liverpool’s favour is if their No.11 can rediscover the form that made him Europe’s most feared forward this time last year.Cause for concern?Perhaps with the exceptions of the two goalscoring phenomenons of this or any other generation Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, every striker, even the elite ones, will go through a period of games in which their goalscoring form drops off.Quite clearly, Salah is going through one of those inevitable blips in front of goal with his last strike coming five games ago during a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth in February but considering his form over his first 20 months in a Liverpool shirt, it is a matter of when and not if the goals start flowing again.Arguably of greater concern, however, is Salah’s record in the big games this season, particularly with Liverpool set to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 second leg on Wednesday as well as both Spurs and Chelsea in the Premier League over the next four gameweeks.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerIn eight matches against Liverpool’s top-six opponents this season – Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea – Salah has returned just one goal and one assist, both of which came during the 5-1 hammering of Arsenal in December.Taking non-penalty goals into account, that number shrinks to zero. As well as failing to score against any of Liverpool’s direct competitors, Salah also blanked in both Merseyside derbies against Everton and has netted just once from five Champions League games against PSG, Napoli and Bayern Munich.In genuine big matches this season then, Salah has scored two goals in 15 games including one from the penalty spot. For a player who scored against all of the top-six clubs (with the exception of Manchester United), Everton and ten times in the Champions League last term, that is a hugely disappointing return. Why Liverpool should retain faith in Mohamed Salah ahead of Bayern Munich Champions League showdown Advertisement No player has scored more goals in a single 38-game Premier League season than Mohamed Salah (Getty Images)There have been occasions recently when he has genuinely been a bit unfortunate too such as when he squeezed a shot past Ben Foster only to see it rebound off the post against Watford or when he smashed the crossbar after dinking Artur Boruc against Bournemouth. So long as Salah maintains his average of over three shots per game, you’d expect that luck to level out at some point.AdvertisementSalah has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the overused and tiresome ‘one season wonder’ tag certainly doesn’t belong to him. His 17 Premier League goals are only one fewer than the total required to win the Golden Boot in 1997-98 and 1998-99 and only two short of the tally in 2008-09.Given what he achieved last season and the fact that a lack of goals hasn’t appeared to have deterred him from shooting, it is only a matter of time before Salah returns to his most devastating form.For Liverpool, hunting down a first top-flight title since 1990, that can’t come soon enough.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsBoris Johnson rejects Marcus Rashford’s plea to extend free school meals Salah was substituted following an ineffectual display against Manchester United (Getty Images)Of the 12 Premier League teams Salah has scored against this season, only four (Arsenal, Wolves, Watford and West Ham) are currently situated in the top half of the table. It is generally the case that a Premier League title-winning team’s top goalscorer has a better goal to game ratio against lesser sides than top teams, of course.However, Salah’s profligacy in tight games against better quality opponents places a huge emphasis on others to step up to the plate. Mane and Firmino’s records of 16 and 11 goals apiece has alleviated some of the responsibility on his shoulders but beyond them, there are too few regular goal-getters in Liverpool’s squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat could be a factor behind Salah taking on too much responsibility for himself. Against Burnley, Salah recorded five attempts on goal – his fourth-highest total of the season – yet the majority of those efforts were either speculative or taken on when a teammate was in a better position.More: FootballNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOdion Ighalo reacts to Manchester United signing Edinson Cavani and Alex TellesTimo Werner’s former manager makes prediction over his Chelsea careerReasons for optimismWhile the ball hasn’t been nestling in the back of the net for him, Salah has done his utmost to reverse his fortunes by continuing to unleash a high volume of shots against opposition goalkeepers. That he is doing so is a positive sign that his confidence hasn’t been unduly affected by a recent downturn in form.Across the entire season to date, only (somewhat surprisingly) Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has attempted more shots (102) in the Premier League than Salah’s 99 which averages out to 3.3 per game. Over the course of the last seven games, Salah has attempted 27 shots (3.8 per game) which is above his season’s average.Considering his recent form, Salah’s expected goals total is pretty much as you’d expect too – his xG rate is 17.75 for the season, only 0.75 higher than his actual total which suggests he has scored about as many goals as you’d expect him to have from the chances he’s taken on.It’s a similar tale with his conversion rate too which currently stands at a reasonable 17% – not too far away from the 22% he managed last season in which he scored 32 times in the Premier League, breaking the record for a 38-game season in the process.center_img CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter211Shares By Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 13 Mar 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link211Shares Only Manchester City’s king of the hat-tricks Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals than Mohamed Salah this season yet the Egyptian’s recent form has been pinpointed as a potential cause for concern as Liverpool attempt to overhaul the reigning champions in the title race.Salah’s record-breaking exploits during a scarcely believable debut campaign at Anfield were always going to be difficult, if not impossible, to replicate second time around and he’s actually done a very admirable job of keeping up his standards with 17 league goals in 30 games.However, the goals are not quite flowing as freely as they used to for Salah at the moment as highlighted by a return of just one solitary strike from his previous seven Premier League appearances and eight in all competitions if you include the 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich. 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All Ireland replay ticket prices confirmed

first_imgOnce again, tickets will be distributed via clubs and season ticket holders.Hogan and Cusack stand prices have been reduced to from €80 to €60, and Hill 16 tickets down from €40 to €30.Despite the reductions, the GAA are likely to pocket in excess of €3-million in gate receipts from the second meeting of Mayo and Dublin.last_img

Tigers pounce on Eagles, 5-2

first_imgThe Tigers led 2-1 at halftime when Davis slid a pass to Paige O’Conner, who finished for a 3-1 lead in the 45th minute. O’Conner returned the favor minutes later by setting up Davis for a goal in the 50th minute for a 4-1 lead. Perhaps the most fitting goal came from the Tigers’ so-called big three. The trio of senior sisters Annie and Kate Thorne and Davis teamed to seal the victory over the Eagles, a result they were hoping for last season when they lost in the second round of the playoffs to Monrovia on penalty kicks. Kate Thorne’s long throw-in was headed backward by Annie Thorne to Davis, who knocked in a right-footed shot for a 5-1 lead in the 58th minute. The Tigers (12-2-5) will play No. 2 seed Mayfair, a 3-0 winner over Riverside Poly, in the quarterfinals Thursday on the road. “We changed our lineup to put more players in attack, and it’s creating a lot of opportunities,” said Davis, who scored her third and fourth goals of the playoffs. “(Freshman) Michelle Stathatos has been a huge help up front, and so has Liz Bridges. It’s so much fun when we’re attacking and scoring goals like this.” PASADENA – For a team that has struggled to score goals most of the season, the Westridge girls soccer team is attacking with a vengeance in the playoffs. Katie Davis had two goals and an assist for the Tigers, who blew past visiting Pac-7 League champion Arroyo Grande 5-2 on Tuesday in the second round of the CIF-SS Division III playoffs. center_img The three senior captains were winning balls all over the field in making it clear they’re not ready to hang up their jerseys. “We don’t want it to end,” Davis said. “Since our freshman season, we’ve never been to the quarterfinals, so it’s a big deal for us.” Tigers coach Jason Windass predicted early in the season that when the goals come, they would come in bunches. Bridges opened the scoring in the 16th minute and Annie Thorne scored 10 minutes later for a 2-0 lead. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Half-time: Crystal Palace 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgOscar’s brilliant free-kick after six minutes put Chelsea in command at Selhurst Park, where both sides have since been reduced to 10 men. Oscar swept the ball past keeper Julian Speroni from 30 yards but Crystal Palace caused the visitors plenty of problems before Cesar Azpilicueta and then Eagles defender Damien Delaney were sent off late in the first half.Azpilicueta was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Mile Jedinak and a couple of minutes later Delaney was dismissed for a second bookable offence following a foul on Loic Remy.Neil Warnock’s side made the early running and Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois denied Frazier Campbell before Azpilicueta did well to clear Yannick Bolasie’s dangerous cross.Palace remained a threat after going behind and Campbell dragged a shot wide from an awkward angle after going past Gary Cahill.Remy started for Chelsea in the absence of Diego Costa, who was left out because of ongoing concerns over the striker’s hamstring issue.John Terry started as Chelsea’s captain for the 500th time and is also equalling Frank Lampard’s club record of 429 Premier League appearances. Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Ward, Bolasie, Jedinak, McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Campbell.Subs: Mariappa, Guedioura, Doyle, Zaha, Hennessey, Gayle, Chamakh. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian (Filipe Luis 41) Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Mikel, Salah, Drogba, Solanke.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

H-DNL Football: Week 2 preview

first_imgSt. Bernard’s and Del Norte, winners of opening-weekend games, will try to improve to 2-0 while a handful of other Humboldt-Del Norte League teams will look for win number one as week two of the high school football season begins tonight.St. Bernard’s (1-0) at Hoopa Valley (0-0)Hoopa Valley will have its hands full tonight as it opens its 2019 campaign against a St. Bernard’s team fresh off a dominant road win.St. Bernard’s took its season opener in style, notching a 36-7 win on the road …last_img

April 23, AJ Baltes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re hoping to get things dried out enough to maybe get the wheat sidedressed this week. It is almost 70 degrees right now and it dried out pretty well over the weekend. We got three inches last Sunday and we got more rain through the week. One or two mornings we had some snow. It looks like we are supposed to get more rain and then maybe dry out a little. Down south of us it gets a little hillier and most of the wheat has been sidedressed and they have been able to get in to get some manure spread and some field work done.The cover crops are greening up but they really haven’t taken off yet. Once it gets really warm I think they will really take off. Everything seems pretty consistent with the cover crops. There were a few spots that froze out over winter but they are coming along.I was talking to a neighbor recently and he thought May 13 was when they got started last year so this is still pretty normal. We usually don’t get in much before the middle of May.We got some corn and beans sold for in the fall when the prices went up. Now I’d guess the markets will depend on what the weather does.If we don’t get the wheat sidedressed this week that will be the first thing we do when we can get back in. Then we will want to get the fertilizer spread and get started with planting as soon as it warms up enough. We have some custom lime and gypsum applications we need to work in along with everything else.We usually end up planting beans first. We have had better luck doing that.In this area, whatever the lake temperature is, the soil temperature is pretty close. I haven’t looked lately at what it is but it is pretty cold.last_img read more

Translating Price Objections

first_imgSometimes what you hear isn’t what is said. Fortunately, I am fluent in “client,” and I can translate. You thought you heard a price objection.Your price is higher than your competitors.Translation: I don’t perceive the value and you haven’t differentiated that value.If you are creating more value than your competitors, you need to be able to help your dream client perceive that value. If they don’t perceive the value, it’s likely you have not differentiated your offering from your competitor’s.I need you to sharpen your pencil.Translation: I can’t justify your higher price.Your dream client doesn’t know how to justify your higher price to his bosses. He doesn’t know how to explain why he is paying more for something instead of taking the lower bid. You have to provide them a defensible justification.I need your best and final offer on a three year deal.Translation: I am looking for a final concession on price so I can be very sure I squeezed you hard enough.Purchasing tactics. No matter how well you negotiate in good faith, professional buyers are going to try to take a final bite of the apple. . . just to make certain. If you are here, you are very likely already chosen, and the person you are sitting across from is simply doing their job by checking you.I can’t take this price to my boss.Translation: I really had no idea that the outcome I need is going to cost this much. I’m really embarrassed. .Sometimes your dream client has been lied to for so long that they have come to believe that that they can have better, faster, and cheaper all in one package–if only they choose the right vendor. It takes a serious investment of time to educate them and help them educate their team.Sometimes the person you are dealing with believes they are going for a win-win negotiation. They win, and their company wins. The right answer? “I can help with that. I’ll be happy to take it to your boss for you.” Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

SEA Games: Bata, dela Cruz bow out in English billiards

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reyes and Dela Cruz still have a chance to bring home a medal for the Philippines in English billiards singles on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Efren “Bata” Reyes at the billiards event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZEfren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco dela Cruz failed to advance to the English billiards doubles quarterfinals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.The Filipino duo fell to the Vietnamese pair of Tran Le Anh Tuan and Nguyen Thanh Binh, 0-3, after getting shut out, 90-100, 33-100, 72-100.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal View commentslast_img read more