Mo Salah wants his Liverpool team-mates to “stick together and stay with each other” after the slump in form which has all but blown their title defence.
The Egyptian star is top of the scoring charts in the Premier League on 16 goals, leading his best-placed rivals by three, and on the same number as some of Europe’s leading scorers such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Luis Suarez.
But despite scoring 22 goals in just 32 appearances in all competitions this season – and six since the turn of the year, despite his side struggling – Salah says that personal glory means nothing, compared to the Reds’ struggles.
“It’s good to win trophies individually but we just need to focus in that period and try to win games and go through the right way,” he said.
“When I score goals and help the team to win games, that’s what makes me happy. But if you score goals and the team is still not winning, that’s not a great feeling.
“So we just need to carry on and I’m trying always to score goals to help the team. We just need to stick together and carry on, win games and stay with each other.”
Salah was presented with Liverpool ’s player of the month award for January because of his goalscoring website, but he told the club website: “Of course I’m happy to win this award but I’m always saying that every time the team comes first.
“I think last month was better than months before but we still need to win games.”
Jurgen Klopp’s side have mystifyingly won just three of their last 11 matches. In the same period last season, they won 10 of 11 matches…and the one hiccup was a draw with virtually a youth team in the FA Cup.
But even though Salah is unhappy with the form of the side, there was another big hint coming from close to the player, that he is more than happy to commit his future to Liverpool, and sign on for the rest of his career.
Dejan Lovren, who was the his best friend at Anfield before a switch to Zenit St Petersburg in the summer, still keeps in touch with Salah on a regular basis, and suggested the player is ready to pen a new deal.
“I’m still in communication with Mo, we are best buddies. We talk about everything,” Lovren explained. Mo is committed, not just for Liverpool but for all the fans and for himself. He is the biggest critic of himself when he doesn’t do well.
“There needs to be love from both ways I see now that they have it, so why not (agree a new deal)?
“Mo is in the best age of his football career at 28 – maybe he looks a little bit older! – but he is in the peak of his form. Why not stay another four, five or six years?”
Liverpool, meanwhile, will monitor the situation in Germany over Covid-19 restrictions, which could force them to switch the home leg of their Champions League tie with RB Leipzig.
The German authorities have suggested Leipzig may be forced to quarantine if they visit the UK for the return game on March 10. But the government will wait until March 5 to review restrictions, and UEFA will wait until then to make a decision on the venue for the tie.
Leipzig were already forced to switch the first leg on February 16 to Budapest, with Liverpool banned from entering Germany because of the same restrictions.