Liverpool will be hoping Mohamed Salah’s unexpected rest at the weekend can help propel their talisman back to top form.
The Reds have endured their worst start to a season under Jurgen Klopp, collecting just nine points from their opening six games.
Liverpool then suffered their joint heaviest Champions League defeat after being hammered 4-1 away to Napoli on Wednesday.
“Klopp, you look at what he’s done at Borussia Dortmund and how his career ended there, it’s happening again at Liverpool,” talkSPORT host Jason Cundy said.
“Liverpool right now are spiralling out of control. They are not the same team. [Sadio] Mane is a miss.”
Liverpool originally thought they only had two days to regroup and bounce back at home to Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.
But that fixture was among the many to be postponed as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II following her sad passing.
Liverpool will now return to action at Anfield for their second Champions League group game against Ajax on Tuesday instead.
The extra time off could prove beneficial for a number of the club’s fatigued and out of form stars – many of which look to still be feeling the affects of last season’s mammoth quadruple hunt… but none more than Salah!
In addition to spearheading Liverpool’s charge to secure an unprecedented four trophy haul, Salah also faced the heartbreak of losing the AFCON final on penalties before Egypt missed out on World Cup qualification.
Salah did secure his Liverpool future in July, signing for three more years for around £350,000-a-week.
Yet with only seven goals in his last 28 games and without one in his last four, Reds icon Graeme Souness fears Salah could be ‘in his armchair’ but expressed his hope that the winger will prove him wrong.
And Salah will be desperate to do so straight away against Ajax and end his longest ever Champions League goal drought at eight games.
The 30-year-old was anonymous in the Napoli humiliation but remains Liverpool’s all-time top scorer in Europe’s premier competition with 34 goals.
Salah failed to net the last time Liverpool and Ajax met in the Champions League in 2020-2021 and it’s not just the man himself keen for him to start banging in the goals again.
Liverpool have never begun a Champions League campaign with two defeats in their opening games.
Another loss against an inform Ajax side would be the latest Liverpool low – all eyes will be on Salah to ensure that doesn’t happen…