Salah will leave Liverpool in the next few weeks to defend Egypt in the 2023 African Cup of Nations. The 31-year-old striker revealed his ambition to win the tournament, which will be held in Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11, 2024.
His impressive performance as Liverpool thrashed Newcastle United 4-2 at Anfield, Tuesday (2/1/2023) early in the morning in western Indonesia, was a beautiful and haunting farewell. Liverpool lost its main scorer, who collected 14 goals, in addition to his contribution of eight assists in 20 league matches this season.
Against Newcastle United last night, Salah emerged as the linchpin of Liverpool's attacking line. He opened the way for his team with two goals – it would have almost been a hat-trick if the first penalty kick had not been missed – and an assist for Cody Jacobo.
This record is what makes Liverpool concerned about Salah being excluded from the African Cup of Nations. Because other strikers such as Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez, Cody Jacobo and Luis Diaz are not considered an effective solution like Salah.
The Sky Sports commentator specifically mentioned that three players – Jacopo, Nunez and Diaz – had not really reached their best levels. Now Liverpool is under pressure to prove its ability to continue competing without Salah.
“There's a lot of energy from them, but there's also a sense of frustration. In the final third, the final side can be a bit wrong,” Sky Sports quoted him as saying.
“You can imagine what it would be like without Salah, but they owe it to him to get to next month in a position that is still in the title race, still at the top of the league and still at the top. So they can give Salah a chance to come back and really recognize the title.” ”
The former Manchester United captain added: “Previously, I did not feel that Liverpool would be in the title competition and I still feel that way. My doubts were because of these three players, but Klopp is a different personality as a coach.”