It is funny what you focus on when things aren't going to plan.

In the run-up to Manchester United's trip to Liverpool this weekend you may have seen several United-based social media accounts publicise the fact that, between them, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have outscored Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino this season, despite the clubs being 27 points apart in the Premier League.

And that is all well and good.

Rashford - who may miss the trip to Anfield through injury - has clearly matured this season, Martial has impressed when played centrally and Greenwood is a remarkable young talent.

It seemingly doesn't really matter that the trio don't play together in the manner that Liverpool's front three do, as they are all capable of scoring goals.

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United's trio have outscored Liverpool's this season

But then that's just as well as only eight other players have scored for United in all competitions this season, with just three of them managing more than one strike.

Compare that to Liverpool, for whom 16 players not named Salah, Mane or Firmino have found the net in 2019/20, with nine doing so more than once. Of all the outfield players to play significant minutes this season, only Joe Gomez hasn't scored.

The goals have been shared around as the Reds' relentless form has rolled on then, with the front three's creative skills proving just as important as their goalscoring.

Nineteen different players have scored for Liverpool this season

Take Salah, who goes into Sunday's meeting with United seeking a first goal against the Red Devils at the fifth attempt, and on a run of just one goal in his last six appearances.

Such numbers don't really scan for a player who scored 44 times in his debut Liverpool campaign, but to pay too much attention to them is to do Salah's overall form a disservice.

Already in 2020 the Egyptian has created Premier League goals for his fellow forwards, with a brilliant pass for Mane to score against Sheffield United at Anfield and an incisive ball for Firmino at Tottenham.

Salah's wonderful pass freed up Mane to core against Sheffield United

"Sometimes people judge you only on your goals, but honestly, [creativity] is something the gaffer thinks about and talks to me about a lot," Salah told Sky Sports in the build-up to Sunday's game.

"I think my teammates are happy about it too. As long as I feel like am creating chances and giving assists for them, that's great. Maybe people don't focus much on that, but I like to give assists as well as score.

"In the last game against Tottenham, I gave Bobby an assist and I was really happy for him to score. Without assists - and I don't just mean my assists - you can't win games."

Salah teed up Roberto Firmino's winner at Tottenham

He's not wrong.

Nobody has created more chances or given more assists for Liverpool than Salah since his arrival in the summer of 2017, while he's also seen an improvement in his passing accuracy (76.4 per cent) this season as opposed to last.

That won't stop him going for goal on Sunday, and against a United side who are surely as far off Liverpool than at any point in recent history he is sure to get chances.

Salah didn't play in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October, a fact which means that every one of his 18 Premier League appearances this season has been in a victory.

Salah has failed to score against United in four attempts

So for his United experience he's going to have to cast his mind back to the goalless draw at Old Trafford in February, when he had just one touch in the United box and was involved in just 50 actions during his 84 minutes on the pitch.

Although sometimes accused of selfishness, he's managed more than that 50 in all but two of his 70 minute+ appearances this season, averaging 60 overall and seeing an increase in his opposition half ball recoveries (2.51 per game from 2.14) which are so crucial in Jurgen Klopp's pressing game.

His all-round displays have improved in line with the Liverpool team's this season then, but he'd love to add a goal to that on Sunday to silence whatever critics there may be.

Salah has been in fine all-round form of late

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"I think Manchester United play against me in a different way to some other players," he continued in that Sky Sports interview.

"They defend against me in a different way. It's a challenge, but I'm happy about that.

"As long as the team are winning, I'm always happy."

A win and a goal would make him even happier though.