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John Barnes reveals why Salah flopped at Chelsea but not at Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold on Mohamed Salah

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Legendary Liverpool winger has given his verdict as to why Salah is doing so well at Liverpool despite struggling in his previous spell in English football with Chelsea.

In an interview with the Daily Star, Barnes explained that it is all down to the various relationships between the players, staff and managers.

“First of all he had less experience at Chelsea, and secondly I think that he didn’t necessarily get the support that he needed from the players and the manager whereas the relationship Klopp has with the fans means that whichever players Klopp picks the fans support 100 per cent,” Barnes said.

“We’ve seen it in the past where good players have gone for clubs where fans don’t necessarily support the manager and his decisions on players and so that good player struggles.

“You could say it’s a bit of a gamble that he took because having failed, if you like, in the Premier League and then come back to the Premier League it will take a club that will support him, it will take fans who will support him. Because had he come and not started well the fans may have got on his back. But regardless of how he played, even if he played well in the first couple of games, because the fans trust Klopp so much they support every one of Klopp’s decisions.”

Barnes, who is considered by many to be Liverpool’s greatest ever winger, also went on to say that he believes Liverpool can finish “fourth or fifth” this season.

He defended Klopp from his recent critics by saying “the fact we are four points off second place means that he’s not doing a bad job.” Although he did point out that some improvements can be made to the defensive side of things.

Salah has been a point of discussion particularly in the last week as he faced his former club Chelsea this weekend, a game in which he was able to score the opening goal.

Liverpool’s next fixture is an away game at Stoke where if the lineups remain unchanged, Salah will meet his compatriot Ramadan Sobhi.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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