John Aldridge confident Liverpool FC duo can replace Mo Salah at Huddersfield
The Liverpool FC legend believes Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge should start against Huddersfield Town
John Aldridge has urged Jurgen Klopp to rest Mohamed Salah for Liverpool FC’s trip to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
The Egypt international has made a slow start to the Premier League season after Salah found the net three times in eight appearances in the current campaign.
The 25-year-old scored 43 goals in all competitions during his first season at the Anfield outfit to hit the ground running after his £39m move from AS Roma in 2017.
Salah suffered an injury scare in Egypt’s 4-1 win over Eswatini on Friday night before the Liverpool FC forward was replaced in the final minutes of the international clash.
The severity of Salah’s injury has still to be determined but the former Chelsea FC winger is a doubt for Liverpool FC’s trip to Huddersfield Town this weekend.
Liverpool FC have the option of starting Daniel Sturridge against David Wagner’s side and the 29-year-old has scored four times in nine games in all competitions this term.
Indeed, Sturridge’s return to form should make the England international the obvious choice to fill Salah’s void should Klopp decide to leave the reigning PFA player of the year out of the team.
Another option could be Xherdan Shaqiri but the Switzerland international has only shown glimpses of his magic following his move to Liverpool FC in a £13m deal from Stoke City in the summer.
Former Liverpool FC striker Aldridge is adamant that Shaqiri or Sturridge would be capable replacement for Salah if the Egypt star misses out against Huddersfield due to injury.
“If you’re going to rest the big stars like Mohamed Salah for some games, then you would say that Liverpool have enough in their squad to be able to do that,” Aldridge wrote in the Liverpool Echo.
“The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge are more than capable of doing damage against David Wagner’s side.”
Aldridge added: “You want Salah up and running sooner rather than later, but this is a game where he can maybe rest up after his injury scare on international duty.
“Shaqiri has done pretty well so far when he has come on and there is no problem giving him a run-out.
“Sturridge’s record this season speaks for itself and he’ll be confident of adding to that if he is played this weekend.”
Salah finished as the Premier League’s leading goal-scorer last term thanks to his return of 32 goals.
The African forward has netted against West Ham United, Brighton and Southampton this season but Salah is still to get on the score sheet away from Anfield.