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Carragher says Liverpool may need to move on from Salah and Nunez

SoccerNews in English Premier League 25 Apr 2024

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Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool’s next manager has a big decision to make regarding Mohamed Salah’s future, adding the Reds definitely need to move on from Darwin Nunez.

Liverpool’s title hopes suffered a potentially fatal blow at Goodison Park on Wednesday, as goals from Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin handed Everton a memorable 2-0 win.

The defeat – Liverpool’s first at Goodison since 2010 – means they are three points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal and one clear of Manchester City, who have two games in hand.

Jurgen Klopp now looks likely to end his final season at the helm with just February’s EFL Cup triumph to show for his efforts, with Carragher declaring Liverpool’s title hopes to be over on Wednesday.

He also believes Klopp’s successor – which could be Feyenoord’s Arne Slot if reports are to be believed – may need to shake up Liverpool’s frontline.

“Mo Salah is Liverpool’s goalscorer and he’s gone off the boil. That’s shone a light on others,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“There is a real discussion for the new manager about what the future holds for Mo Salah – it’s the first time we’ve asked that question. He only has a year to go on his deal.

“He’s looked a shadow of himself for a lot of this season but especially since he’s come back from injury. He is Liverpool’s legend, superstar, one of the all-time greats, but he’s been so far off it.”

Salah has 17 Premier League goals this season, but 14 of those came before he went to the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt in January.

Prior to that tournament, Salah boasted a shot conversion rate of 21.54 per cent for 2023-24, netting with 14 of his 65 total attempts in the competition. Since returning, he has only converted 8.57 per cent of his 35 efforts.

Salah’s strike partner Nunez has also come in for criticism, with only Erling Haaland (30) missing more big chances than the Uruguayan’s 26 this term. Haaland has, however, converted 34.78 per cent of his big chances to Nunez’s 18.75 per cent.

Carragher does not believe Nunez is capable of further improvement after two up-and-down campaigns on Merseyside, saying: “I think I’m at the stage with Nunez where I’m not sure there’s a question to ask.

“You want him to do well because he gives everything, he causes trouble, he gets the odd goal.

“But after two years, when Liverpool are going for the title or in big games, you need your man to score at Old Trafford or at Goodison Park. This is the business end, the time to win.

“He’s ground to a halt. After two years there’s going to be no improvement in him. This is what he is.

“He can cause trouble but he’s erratic with his finishing – it’s not enough to win you trophies so there’s a big decision to be made on him. It’s not acceptable when you’re going for a title.”

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