My tribe
As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Liverpool coach Gerrard has Chelsea dig: They didn't play to Salah strengths

Liverpool youth coach Steven Gerrard believes Mohamed Salah struggled at Chelsea due to being played out of position.

The Egyptian's brief spell at Stamford Bridge was dominated by loan moves to Serie A before sealing a permanent switch to Roma in 2016.

“He's a player full of confidence at the moment, he's in the form of his life," he told BT Sport.

Chelsea brought him in as a youngster, as an inexperienced player and he was playing almost as a winger, out wide in these areas.

“He almost had a job to create for other people, for other big names in the Chelsea team.

“He's 30-40 yards away from goal and he plays safe, you can see he's very young and he just wants to do the right thing for the team.

“I think as he's moved to Liverpool with that confidence from Roma and working under a manager like Jurgen Klopp, he's moved him closer to the goal, you see him here almost in the No.9 position.

“So with his experience and evolving as a talent, he's finding himself between the sticks more.

“You see where his receiving positions are in this team compared to Chelsea, it's a lot closer to the goal and it's between the sticks. That's where goals come from.

“If you're a winger and you play wide, it's impossible to hit the numbers he's got at the moment for Liverpool.

“It's unbelievable to watch him, he's a special, special talent."

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?