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Paul Merson: Salah shouldn’t be blamed for Barcelona defeat

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Former England international believes that direly need Egypt’s to lift the Premier League title.

Salah has been on a decent run of form recently in the Premier League, after becoming the league’s top goalscorer and being nominated for the PFA’s Fans Player of the Month award.

In the Champions League, Liverpool recently lost to Barcelona 3-0 in the semifinals and despite having played a decent game, the Egyptian hit the post from close range and missed the chance to reduce the goal margin.

Nonetheless, English pundit Paul Merson said that Salah shouldn’t be blamed and defended him by praising his performances this season.

“I’ve been there. You lie in bed at the hotel after a miss like that and it just keeps on going through your head. It’s a horrible feeling,” Merson wrote for Dailystar.

“But you miss chances sometimes. Everyone does. It just proves he’s human. People say he’s had a bad season but he’s the Premier League’s top scorer!

“He doesn’t seem the type to dwell on it. He seems quite laid back. He could make four mistakes in a game but still not lose his confidence and end up doing something special.

“So I think he will bounce back against Newcastle. He is a strong character and Liverpool need him firing if they’re going to win the league,” he added.

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Merson then said that no player should be compared to Messi apart from Cristiano Ronaldo.

“You’re always judged on how you play in the big games, and this week just proved how far he is behind Lionel Messi.

“Messi never lets you down when it matters. That’s why he’s the best player in the world. Only Cristiano Ronaldo can rival him for that crown,”

Liverpool are currently second on the league table with 91 points, just one point behind Manchester City. They will face Newcastle in their upcoming game.

Apart from the Premier League, the Reds will also have an uphill battle against FC Barcelona next Tuesday in the Champions League semifinals second-leg.

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