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Jamie Carragher: Too much made of Salah’s form

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Former Liverpool captain has defended the Reds superstar for his form since the start of the 2018/2019 season.

Salah had an impressive debut campaign at Anfield, scoring a total of 44 goals for Liverpool last season and having a record-breaking course on the Premier League level ending the season as the top scorer with 32 goals.

Salah was crowned as the 2017/2018 Premier League Player of the Year and came third behind Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo for FIFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award as a result for his stellar display.

However, the 26-year-old forward scored three goals in his first nine games this term in all competitions, the thing that sparked critiques by some describing his start of the season as slow. But Carragher feels the criticism is a bit exaggerated.

“He’s not in great form, but I don’t really think he’s in bad form either. I think a little bit too much has probably been made of Salah’s form. He is only one goal down on last season,” Carragher said in his Sky Sports column.

“I hope Klopp is saying this to him about the goals he scored last season: if he doesn’t get over 40 goals, it doesn’t mean he’s had a bad season. Ian Rush was Liverpool’s greatest ever goalscorer and he only got 47 in one season. He never got 47 again, he would score 25 or 30 goals a season. If Salah gets 25 goals a season then he’s had a great season.”

At this point last season, the Egypt international had scored four goals in the Premier League in addition to another goal against Sevilla in the Champions League group stage opener.

“He’s scored three goals which is not a million miles away from what it was last season and it’s not a bad start. The Expected Goals shows you he is still getting a lot of chances. We know from last season that he misses chances. Even though he scored a lot of goals, he misses big chances,” Carragher continued.

“That lad will always score goals because he still makes the runs in the right positions. I’ve got no problem with how many goals he’s scored or what he’s like around the box. He is doing okay.”

Salah is getting prepared along with the Liverpool squad for their second Champions League clash on October 3 against Napoli in Italy, having overcame the first tough task against PSG with a 3-2 victory.

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