Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Mohamed Salah is not the same player as he was before that infamous Sergio Ramos tackle on him in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid last season.
The Liverpool forward injured his shoulder after he was brought down to the ground by Ramos during the first half of the final in Kiev. And although Salah recovered in time to feature for Egypt at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, he is not the same as he was before that injury.
Salah was substituted shortly after his error led to Paris Saint-Germain's equalising goal at Anfield on Tuesday and Keown believes that the Egyptian hero is yet to fully recover from his injury last season.
Metro quoted Keown's Daily Mail blog as he questioned, "Has Salah been the same since his shoulder was dislocated by Sergio Ramos? Ever since he has seemed to be playing within himself. He lost possession 21 times against Paris Saint-Germain and it was his mistake that led to their equaliser."
Mohamed Salah still struggling with injury caused by Sergio Ramos, claims Martin Keown https://t.co/7mShFjLGc2— Non Stop Football (@nsfooty) September 20, 2018
He continued, "He looks particularly reluctant to use his physicality to protect the ball. Daniel Sturridge was far more effective in that regard, losing possession just seven times. Is Salah concerned about picking up another injury?"
Despite Salah's off-day, his teammates turned up in some style against PSG and compensated the Egyptian's lack of form.
Keown highlighted this very fact as he concluded, "Liverpool’s main man may not be firing on all cylinders but his team-mates seem to have raised their game by an extra 10 per cent to compensate. The fact they have still won their first six games of the season will strike fear into their rivals.’
After their impressive win against Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool will be back in action in the Premier League on Saturday as they will face Southampton at Anfield.