Graeme Souness claims Manchester United star is behind Mohamed Salah’s struggles at Liverpool

Graeme Souness claims Manchester United star is behind Mohamed Salah's struggles at Liverpool

Graeme Souness has suggested that Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez is behind Mohamed Salah’s poor form at Liverpool.

Salah had one Premier League goal in two games before his clash against Man United in August at Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag decided to make a change to his backline against the Reds and that saw the likes of Tyrell Malacia and Raphael Varane join the likes of Lisandro Martinez and Diogo Dalot at the back.

Martinez, who Jamie Carragher previously said would struggle in the Premier League due to his height, won the man of the match award after his outstanding performance Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Argentine was in beast mode against Liverpool and played a huge role in silencing Klopp’s attackers, although Salah managed to get on the score sheet late in the game.

After the encounter at the Theatre of Dreams, Salah hasn’t scored in Liverpool’s last three goals and went completely blank during the Merseyside’s 9-0 thumping of Bournemouth and goalless draw at Everton on Saturday.

Graeme Souness, who previously said there’s nothing special about Lisandro Martinez, has blamed the former Ajax defender for Salah’s poor form for Liverpool.

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Speaking on Sky Sports as quoted by MEN on Saturday, Souness explained: “I’m looking at Salah for Liverpool against Man United and in the first five minutes Martinez goes right through him. The rest of the game, Mo Salah looked for Martinez and looked for where he was.

“I’ve not seen the same Mo Salah since. I just hope, and he’s signed the big contract he wanted, but at this level if you knock off half a per cent, or one per cent, then you are not the same player.

“I hope this is not him getting semi into his armchair because he has signed a big contract. I’m saying that as a Liverpool supporter, hopefully to make him angry and prove me wrong.”

Liverpool were held to a frustrating goalless draw against Everton and Salah, who played 90 minutes of the game, went blank again.