- Liverpool visit Spain to play Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday night
- Reds summer signing Mohamed Salah will go into the game in stunning form
- Salah has scored 14 goals in 18 games for Liverpool, who sit top of Group E
- But Eduardo Berizzo has warned Sevilla to be wary of Liverpool’s other players
Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo insists his side cannot afford just to focus their attention purely on Liverpool’s in-form Mohamed Salah.
The Egypt international is the Premier League’s leading scorer after his two goals against Southampton took his tally to nine.
His goals are only part of the impact he has made since his £38million summer arrival from Roma but — with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp likely to play a front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, with Philippe Coutinho in behind — Berizzo knows his players are going to have their hands full.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has scored 14 goals in 18 matches for his club so far this season
Next up is a trip to Sevilla, whose manager has warned his team not to focus solely on Salah
‘Salah is very fast and when he sets his game forward it becomes very dangerous,’ said Berizzo.
‘He takes advantage when there is absence in the centre of the field when Firmino goes down the line.
‘But the care is not only for him. The (Sevilla) defensive line, in being staggered, need to use the ball and if they are going to lose it lose it away from the places where Liverpool can steal it and move forward.’
In the opening group game of the season Sevilla stunned Anfield in Liverpool’s long-awaited Champions League return with an early goal and then spoiled the party with a late equaliser to make it 2-2.
Berizzo is expecting another fast-paced encounter and he has urged his players to keep mistakes down to a minimum.
‘It was a game of rapid transitions, which made us suffer at that speed,’ he added at a press conference. ‘We were unarmed and that is what we have to take into account tomorrow.
‘One of the keys is the use of the ball and the depth of our attacks, having a tight and precise elaboration in what we do with the ball and finish our attacks.
‘If we lose the ball lose it as high as possible (up the pitch). We must be smart and not play a crazy game… that kind of game I do not think suits us.
‘We have to have the serenity to choose a correct plan and execute it with balance.’
Eduardo Berizzo’s team must also be aware of Sadio Mane (left) and Philippe Coutinho (right)
But Salah is definitely Liverpool’s main man, having bagged a brace against Southampton