For the first time in forever, Liverpool are starting to look vulnerable.
They’ve lost three of their last four matches in all competitions, including an FA Cup exit at the hands of Chelsea on Tuesday.
The Reds also suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season with a terrible performance against Watford last week, going down 3-0 at Vicarage Road.
Liverpool are still 22 points clear at the top but must bounce back when they entertain Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime.
A good result would be the ideal preparation for their Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in which Liverpool must overturn a one-goal deficit to win the tie.
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Manager Jurgen Klopp will therefore want a fast start from his side in an attempt to blow the relegation-threatened Cherries away at Anfield.
However, goals have been difficult to come by in recent weeks, with Liverpool only scoring once in their last four matches – very uncharacteristic for a team with one of the deadliest attacks in world football.
Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer but has been far from prolific this season with 19 goals in all competitions.
He only has one strike in his last five outings for his club but there’s one stat that suggests he will get on the scoresheet against Bournemouth.
The Egyptian has scored in all five Premier League appearances against Eddie Howe’s men, netting a total of seven in the process.
His first encounter against Bournemouth saw him score Liverpool’s third in a 4-0 win at the Vitality Stadium in December 2017.
In the return fixture, Salah headed home a superb Trent Alexander-Arnold cross as Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners at Anfield in April 2018.
In 2018/19, Salah scored a magnificent hat-trick as Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners at Bournemouth for a second season running before getting one at Anfield when he rounded off a wonderful free-flowing move as the Reds won 3-0.
And earlier this season, Salah rounded off a leisurely afternoon on the south coast with the third goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 win last December.
How many will Salah score in his sixth Premier League appearance against Bournemouth?