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Wijnaldum backs out-of-form Mohamed Salah to handle pressure

Wijnaldum backs out-of-form Mohamed Salah to handle pressure

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Liverpool midfielder  has backed  to handle the pressure he is facing, saying the Egyptian embraces the pressure.

The Egyptian international is yet to recapture his last season’s form as he managed to score only three goals while assisting two in nine games across all competitions.

READ: Napoli coach Ancelotti speaks about Salah ahead of Liverpool clash

His teammate Wijnaldum is so confident that Salah can find his scoring form for Liverpool soon despite the slow start to the season.

“I’ve told him that he’s got to get more hat-tricks – I’ve told him that! He’s had enough of scoring twos, he has to get three. I told him I expect more hat-tricks this season!” Wijnaldum said.

“If anyone can deal with pressure, it is Mo. Last season he had pressure when people were saying he had to be the top scorer of the league.

Mohamed Salah

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“We told him he couldn’t let anyone catch him as top scorer. When he was on 18 goals, he said ‘In my head, I can get 32.’ Mo is not someone that is scared of pressure. He embraces the pressure. He knows that he can do it,” he added.

READ: Liverpool defender Van Dijk not worried about Salah this season

The Dutch international also believes that Salah can match Messi and Ronaldo, saying: “Last year, he only had one hat-trick. So I told him, ‘Mo, you are a top player; if you look at Messi and Ronaldo, they score a lot of hat-tricks – you have to do the same if you want to compete with them.’

“I said, ‘Mo, it’s not only one year’ and he said ‘You’re right!’ We were joking but I don’t see the difference in him. He still works hard, he still creates chances. I think he had scored one more [at this stage] last season than he has this year. That is the only difference,” he concluded.

Liverpool are currently preparing to face Napoli in the group-stages of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, October 3 at the Stadio San Paolo.

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