Salah “needs a kick” and is not playing well enough for Liverpool, says former Red

Mohamed Salah and his teammates have endured a difficult start to the season. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah has not performed well for Liverpool so far this season and “needs a kick” to improve his performances, according to former midfielder Danny Murphy.

The Reds have had a poor start to the season after chasing an unprecedented top-four finish by the end of the last campaign in May, winning just two of their opening seven games.

They were humiliatingly beaten 4-1 by Napoli in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League group stage last week, conceding a run of woeful goals with glaring omissions in all areas of the pitch.

Salah, for his part, has scored twice so far, away in a draw at Fulham and a loss at Manchester United, when those around him have performed particularly poorly.

But the Egyptian has struggled to influence games and often sticks much wider on the touchline far more often than in the past in what appears to be a strange tactical choice by manager Jurgen Klopp.

However, Murphy insists that Salah himself is to blame for his indifferent displays and accused the player of complacency.

“We have to be careful not to overdo it, but I feel like there is a sense of complacency among some of the players,” he told talkSPORT. “They have fallen into what some managers call a ‘comfort zone.’

“Salah is one, Salah needs a kick,” he added. “It’s nothing to do with the contract he signed, but sometimes you need it. When you’ve scored so many goals and you’re doing what he’s done, sometimes you just need to go up there and say ‘come on’.

Murphy also believes that a member of the Liverpool squad must be prepared to criticize a player in front of his team-mates in order to achieve any kind of reaction.

“If it means digging someone up in front of the other guys.” [so be it], Murphy added. “I’ve seen him before, the best midfielder Liverpool have ever had [Steven Gerrard]. I remember seeing him at half-time in a Champions League game when he was told to take a shower. No one expected it!

After Saturday’s game against Wolves was postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Liverpool’s Champions League campaign continues against Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday night.

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