No Mohamed Salah, no drawback

The absence of Mohamed Salah from Liverpool’s beginning line-up was the foremost level of dialogue earlier than the match an hour earlier than the Reds’ match with Arsenal on the Emirates Stadium – not the primary time, nor the final, the Egyptian has stolen the headlines.

Salah has scored 20 Premier League targets thus far this season, topping the factors listing by a substantial margin, however his brilliance on the pitch has begun, considerably so, to be overshadowed by lengthy and drawn-out contract renewal agreements – which on the time of writing appear don’t go wherever.

Despite the indescribable speak, there is no such thing as a actual trigger for quick concern.

Salah is beneath contract with Liverpool till 2023 and there’s an expectation that issues will ultimately work out – even though it stays to be seen if the Reds can, and in truth are prepared, to match Salah’s place within the match and make him one in every of the world’s finest paid gamers.

No matter how these Salah talks lastly go, one factor was clarified in Liverpool’s subsequent 2-0 win over Arsenal; he’s an exceptionally gifted participant who’s the nice star in Jurgen Klopp’s crew, however he isn’t indispensable – Liverpool can operate with out him.

There’s an exquisite expertise named Diogo Jota, who on the age of 25 seems to be set to be Liverpool’s future – in all probability alongside Luis Diaz, who regardless of being quiet this evening, has struck at Anfield and seems to be set to be a sensational acquisition.

Some eyebrows have been raised when the Reds selected at hand over £ 40 million to signal Jota within the summer time of 2020, nevertheless it shortly turned clear that these crucial of the signing had most likely not seen, not to mention appreciated, how good he had been throughout his three-year profession. interval at Wolves.

Salah’s future in Liverpool has been questioned / Justin Setterfield / GettyImages

Jota labored as arduous as anybody else on the pitch throughout his time at Molineux, confirmed nice soccer intelligence (as a result of his studying of the recreation was unbelievable and he at all times appeared to be in the precise place at the precise time) and he had a cool, advanced nature past his comparatively tender 12 months.

He chased misplaced issues, drove the channels and countered at will, and for a participant who stood solely 5’10 “, he was ridiculously good in the air. He was also fantastic with both feet, which made him the perfect Jurgen Klopp player who he could play anywhere over the front line.

In Liverpool, he has not only developed each of these qualities at a higher level, he has transformed himself into a major player who is willing to shoulder the burden of great responsibility. A player who can get to the moment when his teammates are not at their best and one who is not overwhelmed by the importance of expectations that playing for Liverpool gives.

Arsenal had played Liverpool for 45 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, with the Salah-loose guests barely having a sniff on goal, but it was always felt that the Reds, and Jota, would grow into the match. It was more a question of whether he could take the chance if one was presented to him.

The answer, as it has so often been, was yes.

Jota’s importance for Liverpool increases every week / Justin Setterfield / GettyImages

Jota haunted between Cedric and Ben White, let Thiago’s sublimely weighted through ball run past him and fired a sizzling low shot at Aaron Ramsdale’s goal. It was not the best directed end to Jota’s career but it was enough to beat Arsenal’s goalkeeper low – the power of the strike more than anything else ensured that he could not keep it out.

It came just moments after Alisson had made a potentially seasonal save from Martin Odegaard and was the catalyst for Liverpool to push on and win the match. There was a moment when Liverpool needed Jota to deliver and he did not disappoint. Again, he has never really done that, nor would you imagine that he will do it in the future.

Salah is Liverpool’s finest and most vital participant, there is no such thing as a denying it. But shortly establishes himself as claimant to the throne Jota, who right here confirmed that Klopp and Liverpool have one other tent participant of their ranks prepared to steer the membership into the long run.

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