Match Review: Mane injured again? Salah at the top of his game

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The Reds provided the kind of performance that we wished they would every single week in the 4-1 win over West Ham. But as has been well documented, it’s an area we’re really struggling in right now.

Yes West Ham were there for the taking and are very much at a low ebb right now – with Bilic facing up to potentially losing his job over the next few days – but Liverpool still had a job to do going into the international break.

Mo Salah continues to show why Klopp was so hungry to bring him in with two scintillating goals and a man of the match performance that has made him one of the first names on the teamsheet and key to our attacking play.

Mane’s return was very much welcomed, if he’s fit then he needs to be playing and I’m personally convinced that he will strike up a stunning partnership with Salah once he reaches full fitness. And there is the caveat.

Klopp has come out to say that he is worried about Mane’s fitness in the post match interviews as he heads off for international duty in Africa. Not just the travelling, it’s probably more how his players are treated as Mane will be expected to play full matches as one of his country’s key players.

Klopp said: “I cannot decide things like this, I don’t even try, but we are in contact. First, he goes there and he recovers and has a long flight, then he will play the game, good news for Senegal. He needs real recovery – if you know the coach of Senegal, tell him – after this game today and then he will be ready for South Africa.”

But all in all this was a solid performance and one that Liverpool fans should be happy with. Of course it is tinged with disappointment that the Reds can’t do this week in week out right now, but let’s call that a work in process.

It’s hard to find negatives in the result and it restores some of the faith that fans had maybe lost in recent weeks, particularly on Klopp’s side.


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