Liverpool score nine but Mo Salah makes worst XI alongside Chelsea midfielder

Date published: Monday 29th August 2022 9:57 - Ian Watson

Mo Salah reacts after missing a chance in a 9-0 Premier League win for Liverpool against Bournemouth

If Mo Salah wasn’t sick enough at failing to notch in a nine-goal stroll, the Liverpool striker leads the line in the weekend’s worst XI.

Salah was one of only six Premier League starters to score below six in WhoScored’s ratings. Here’s the XI in full…


GK: Ederson – 6.24
You’d think the fella who conceded nine would be a shoo-in for the No.1 spot but Mark Travers earned a 7.69 while balls flew into his net at a rate of one every 10 minutes. So Ederson takes the gloves after a quiet afternoon in City’s sticks. The Brazilian stood little chance with either of Palace’s goals after his defence lost the plot during a couple of set-pieces and he had only one other save to make.


RB: Nathaniel Clyne – 6.00
The Palace defender was under strict instructions to sit and stay and Clyne did a reasonable job of keeping Phil Foden quiet-ish. But the former England international finished his 74-minute shift with the lowest passing accuracy rate of any Palace player, losing the ball 10 times with 55.6 per cent of his passes.


CB: Chris Mepham – 5.73
Again, you’d expect this XI to be riddled with Cherries after Bournemouth got a record-equalling battering. But Mepham is one of only two representatives after the centre-back helped Liverpool out by scoring the all-important sixth of nine at Anfield.


CB: Lewis Dunk – 6.19
With Mepham the only Prem centre-back earning a sub-six score, Dunk is somewhat unfortunate to partner the Bournemouth defender in the weekend’s dodgiest defence. Brighton won with a clean sheet but the England defender suffers for having lost two of his three aerial duels while giving away possession to Leeds a dozen times.


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LB: Tyrick Mitchell – 5.97
The Palace left-back didn’t make it to the hour mark because of injury and in 57 minutes, Mitchell made no blocks, interceptions or tackles against City. He also allowed Bernardo Silva to dribble across the Palace box and shoot to give the champions their first goal and the impetus to score three more.


MF: Conor Gallagher – 5.03
The Chelsea midfielder felt the need to apologise having earned the weekend’s lowest score by getting himself sent off for a couple of bookings inside 28 minutes of the win over Leicester. Thomas Tuchel wasn’t in a forgiving mood: “You can’t make the second challenge if you have a yellow card after 20 or 25 minutes. The challenge was a clear yellow card and gave us a huge disadvantage. There was no reason to make this decision. He is responsible for what he did and of course he knows it was a huge mistake.”


MF: Sean Longstaff – 6.09
The Newcastle midfielder could have been awarded a penalty but overall, Longstaff looked rusty on his first Premier League start of the season. He lost possession 16 times, came out second best in four of his five duels and succeeded in neither of his attempted dribbles.


RW: Jaidon Anthony – 6.05
First Premier League starts come no more chastening than Anthony’s at Anfield, though the 22-year-old could return to Merseyside this week if reports of Everton’s interest are to be believed. If the Toffees were watching on Saturday, they would have seen the winger lose possession a dozen times while winning only one of his eight duels.


LW: Pedro Neto – 5.97
The Wolves attacker struggled to find his rhythm against Newcastle, missing one big chance, failing with all three of his attempted dribbles, losing all but one of his eight duels while relinquishing possession 11 times. Arsenal are still sniffing, though.


FWD: Mo Salah – 5.89
If not scoring or assisting in a nine-goal rout wasn’t bad enough for Salah, the Liverpool striker finds himself leading the line for the worst XI after missing a couple of sitters; giving away possession 17 times; winning only one of seven duels; and failing in all three of his dribble attempts.


FWD: Yoane Wissa – 5.83
It wasn’t the Brentford forward’s day at Everton on Saturday. Wissa completed only two passes and lost possession six times with 14 touches before he was hooked with a quarter of the game to go.

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