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As Mohamed Salah returns to his former club Chelsea on Saturday, Adrian Clarke observes why the Egyptian is on course to emulate a Liverpool great this season.
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Salah has been regarded as more of a wide man than a natural striker, but his outstanding performances mark him down as the single most dangerous right-sided forward in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old loves to surge upfield on the counter-attack, drive into the penalty area with angled runs from deep or add an extra body inside the penalty area from crosses.
But playing down the middle is not something he does too often.
During their Matchweek 11 win at West Ham United, in which Salah scored twice, Jurgen Klopp moved away from his regular 4-3-3 to use Salah as part of a front two in a 4-2-2-2 formation.
Even then the Egyptian spent most of his time in the same part of Liverpool’s attack, rather than in close proximity to Roberto Firmino.
As shown on the touch maps below, despite Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain occupying the right-wing slot, Salah’s positioning was almost identical against West Ham, left, as when he played his normal role against Southampton, right, at the weekend.