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Fowler: Salah has shown that he’s not a one-season wonder

Mohamed Salah

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Liverpool legend hailed Egyptian winger after his impressive performances but also gave his reasons for why the young star needs more time to join the Reds’ hall of fame.

Salah has been the showman for Liverpool since joining the Reds in summer 2017 coming from Serie A outfit AS Roma. In his first year, the Egypt international managed to possess a major number of individual awards including the Premier League top scorer and Premier League Player of the Year, in addition to making the final three-man shortlist for FIFA The Best Men’s Player of the Year.

This season Liverpool sit on the top of the Premier League table after 17 rounds with Salah being the joint-top scorer along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with 10 goals each.

Liverpool hero Fowler believes Salah can be an all-time legend for the club, however, he emphasized that this will depend on how long the player will stay at Anfield.

“I’m not shy in saying that I believe if Mo Salah stays with the club long term, then he has already shown the qualities to suggest he has a real shot of joining those ranks of the true legends,” he told British newspaper Mirror.

“I’ve played with the best at Liverpool, the likes of Rush and Barnes, Gerrard and McManaman, so I reckon I know a thing or two about what it takes. Salah has similar qualities, no doubt.

“You saw this last season and you’ve seen it again this time around. Napoli (in this month’s decisive final Champions League group game) was a brilliant example where he was the difference. So often he scores the first goal in a tight game, or the winning goal. It’s not a coincidence.

“People have asked what he is… but he is just a real player,” Fowler added.

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Fowler also discussed how fans label former striker Luis Suarez as the club’s all-time best since the Uruguayan only stayed for a bit more than three seasons at Anfield. For such reason, he would like Salah to stay longer, continue scoring and helping his teammates.

“Salah has shown already that he’s not a one-season wonder, he’s a real player. But I’m something of a stickler for longevity when it comes to greatness,” he explained.

“People go on about Luis Suarez, and no doubt he was a top player for the club, but one of their all-time best? Not a chance — because he was only there for three and a bit seasons. It also leaves a bad taste in the mouth the way he left the club, by so obviously engineering a move, not once but twice. I don’t think he qualifies at all.”

Robbie Fowler Mohamed Salah

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“I’m not even going to remotely compare him to Rush or the others in the top six goal-scorers. Why? Not because I don’t rate him, but because I’m waiting. For at least another five years, I reckon.

“He’s already got almost 60 goals for Liverpool and there’s a good chance he’ll go past Suarez and Fernando Torres this season on the all-time list. Those two got 82 and 81 respectively, and that’s not enough in terms of years or numbers,” he explained.

The former English international also talked about Salah’s performances this season compared to his incredible debut season, reflecting what is happening to the Egyptian currently on his own experience during his first and second seasons in the Premier League.

“I know from experience than when you arrive in the Premier League, people don’t know anything about you, and that gives you more opportunities.

“I got 30 goals in my first full season with Liverpool, but straight-away the next campaign, I knew the defenders had worked me out. They adapted… so I had to adapt again. I also got 30 goals in my second season, which shows I did. And the third.

“I’d like to think that showed a little bit of intelligence in being able to keep surprising them.

“The good news for Liverpool is that Salah has shown he’s clearly got that.”

Mohamed Salah

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“This season, people have spoken about him not being at the same level, being worked out, and yet when he scored the hat-trick at Bournemouth he was the Premier League’s top scorer.

“What does that say? Well for a start, he’s a proper goal-scorer, no question. And that he’s also smart enough to adapt and keep scoring.

“I must admit I find Salah’s style a little unconventional. He doesn’t always look stylish in the way he kicks the ball, or moves, so maybe that holds me back. But he does the job.

“He does it well enough to suggest he could be one of the greats… eventually!”

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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