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Charlie Nicholas

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has been urged to drop Mohamed Salah for this evening’s Champions League clash against Genk.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Salah was only average against Aston Villa at the weekend and wasn’t surprised when he was hauled off midway through the second half at Villa Park. Liverpool left it late but still managed to secure a 2-1 victory, but they can’t keep getting away with it, says Nicholas.

The former Celtic and Arsenal ace said: “Liverpool are not at their best. People might suggest that once they get going, they will be ruthless, but they are getting away with it currently.

“The Napoli and Manchester United matches were reality checks, but they could have been two or three down by the time they rescued things at Aston Villa.

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“Liverpool have a huge amount of games coming up. Mohamed Salah was really average at the weekend, as was Roberto Firmino, so Jurgen Klopp may leave a couple out and change it up.

“The full-backs will stay the same and you have to leave Sadio Mane in, but Fabinho could also come back in.

“It is normally Firmino who he rests, but I would leave him in with Mane and leave Salah out. He may not like it but it needs to happen.”