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Manuel Neuer Says Mohamed Salah's Liverpool Form 'Doesn't Mean Anything'

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2019

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Mo Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield on March 10, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes Mohamed Salah's struggles in front of goal will have little bearing on their UEFA Champions League clash with Liverpool on Wednesday. 

The Egyptian is now five games without a goal in all competitions, but Neuer still believes he and his team-mates will pose a threat at the Allianz Arena.

"Because he only scores one in the last eight doesn't mean anything," he said, per MailOnline's Amitai Winehouse. "Liverpool can score from anywhere—[Virgil] van Dijk, [Joel] Matip, from set pieces."

The two sides face off in the second leg of their last-16 tie, having held one another to a goalless stalemate at Anfield in February.

Neuer added: "I think Liverpool will attack and I don't think it will be as defensive. We will be more attacking but we will see how Liverpool press and attack us."

Courtesy of the away-goals rule, a score draw will suffice for the Reds.

Salah has netted 20 times this season, but he has struggled to live up to the standards he set in his exceptional debut campaign for Liverpool, in which he bagged 44 goals.

His recent form in particular has been wanting, though there were some encouraging signs from him in Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley on Sunday even if he did not get on the scoresheet.

Per football journalist Melissa Reddy, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp felt he was their top performer, an assessment football writer Henry Jackson agreed with:

Melissa Reddy @MelissaReddy_

Jürgen Klopp: "Today, for me, Mo Salah was the best player on the pitch, but I'm not sure we will see that in many ratings because he didn't score." #LFC

Henry Jackson @HenryJackson87

Salah was immense today. But, as Klopp said, people will lazily see he didn’t score and assume he did nothing.

As football writer Joel Rabinowitz noted, the stats did not reflect Salah's contribution to the game:

Joel Rabinowitz @joel_archie

Assist stats can be very misleading. Salah didn't officially get an assist today, but essentially made the 1st and 3rd goals by himself. https://t.co/licj0DIUCr

The Reds could do with him ending his scoreless run on Wednesday with a clinical showing to boost their chances of progressing.

He can also have a significant impact if he's creating opportunities for his team-mates, though, particularly Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who have bagged 30 goals between them this season.

If he's supplying the pair with ammunition, Bayern are right to be wary of him even if he doesn't find the net himself.