Mohamed Salah is proving that he is no one season wonder.
The Egyptian forward scored a hat-trick for Liverpool in their 4-0 win against Bournemouth at the weekend, making it 12 goals in all competitions this season.
It was always going to be difficult for Salah to reach the heights he got to last season but he’s giving it a real good go.
The 26-year-old has split time playing in a central position and his more familiar ring-wing berth this season.
His mixed role was a topic of discussion on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme as Jamie Carragher analysed Salah’s performances for the Reds.
Carragher studied Salah’s role in his last 10 Premier League starts and he made an interesting observation - Salah is only deployed on the right when Liverpool play against top six clubs.
“I think [Jurgen] Klopp wants to go with a three in midfield in those games against Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal, but the rest of the time he’s in a central role,” Carragher said. “It’s interesting.”
Salah as a striker v Man United?
But the 40-year-old believes Klopp should continue using Salah in a central position when Manchester United come to Anfield on Sunday.
“I think of last season when United coped with Salah really well, I remember Ashley Young who was playing left-back as a right-footer,” the Sky Sports pundit said.
“He naturally tucked in and that’s exactly the space Salah likes.”
Carragher also compared Salah’s touch maps in his two most recent trips to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium - on Saturday, and in a 4-0 win on December 17, 2017.
Salah was used on the right last year and he made nine touches in his own half.
But at the weekend, playing as a striker, that number dropped to one.
Watch Carragher’s entire analysis below of Salah.
It's interesting that Klopp wanted to continue to develop Salah after his outstanding 2017-18 campaign.
Now, he's finding out just how versatile the former Roma player can be.News Now - Sport News