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Steve McManaman: Salah capable of scoring 25 goals every year


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Former player has praised ’s movement and linkup play believing in his capability of scoring 25 goals every year.

Salah’s been in significant form since joining the Reds last summer which helped him become his team’s top scorer with 29 goals, just one goal away from being the 13th player in Liverpool’s history to score 30 goals in a single campaign.

“When you watched him at Roma over the past few years he predominantly played out wide because they had a traditional centre forward in Edin Dzeko, and they complemented each other. At Liverpool, it’s different,” McManaman told the Times.

“Even though he may start wide in a front three with Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mané, their movement and flexibility is excellent, so you can’t really call him an out-and-out winger. If anything, he has more of a roving No 9 role.”

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“His movement in tight spaces is brilliant as well. I saw him a lot for Roma but he has moved on to another level since arriving at Liverpool, maybe it is because he has a bit of freedom from the manager, or just because the front three have the freedom to roam about and go wherever they feel dangerous ,

“You see him dropping into spaces because he always knows a team-mate is further forward and his link-up play is exceptional,”


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The 46-year-old has claimed that the Egyptian winger is reminding him of former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, believing that the former AS Roma player haS the same qualities that could help him keep these performances every year.

“He looks like he will score goals for a long time. You look at Harry Kane three years ago and you thought, “Wow, he’s scored 25 this year” and you always expected him to go on the following year and score another 25 because he is one of those center forwards.”

“He creates a lot himself because of the way Liverpool play. At Tottenham Harry is up there on his own; he is the focal point and a different type of center forward, albeit a fantastic one. Salah will certainly score different types of goals to Kane just because of the position and movement he has,” concluded the former Real Madrid player.

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