Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has demonstrated that his unwavering brilliance is perhaps sometimes underappreciated following on from his inaugural record-breaking season at Anfield.
The Egypt international has somewhat become a victim of his own success following on from his 44-goal haul in his debut campaign following a £34m [BBC Sport] move from Roma in 2017.
Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher is another footballing figure who has noticed that Salah has become a player who has become “underappreciated”.
The Ballon d’Or nominee scooped the Premier League Golden Boot in each of the last two campaigns but Carragher believes the Egypt international has a lot more to his game than just his goal-scoring ability.
‘With Mo Salah – I think he is underappreciated,’ former Reds captain Carragher said.
‘Salah is seen as world-class outside, but with Liverpool fans I think he is a little bit underappreciated. Certainly going form what he did in his first season to now there is a slight dip.
‘It was never going to be 47 goals in a season, but looking at social media I think Liverpool have six world-class players – Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah.
‘Ask Liverpool fans would they take big money for any of the other five, whatever the figure was no chance – but if you ask for £130m for Salah would you take it? Oh yes.
‘He can frustrate you a bit but he is so good. He is not a winger, he is a wide forward. I see Salah constantly marked when he gets the ball, he almost marks himself. He does lose the ball a lot in situations like this.’
Salah once again is currently Liverpool’s top-scorer this season and despite this, the former Chelsea star isn’t being touted for the same individual awards as some of his teammates. However, there is one glaring statistic that Carragher identifies that showcases why only Lionel Messi has been a more devestating figure that Salah since his return to the PL three seasons ago.
‘There is no doubt there is a selfish side to his game’, Carragher added.
‘When he is in a shooting position, can I score? He is never normally looking for a pass and that is sometimes a frustration.
‘Talking about most goals and assists – he gets a lot of assists too. He has 92 in total, behind only Lionel Messi. He’s played 97 games, never injured. He is there week in week out. 97 games out of 102.’
What RTK has to say
Salah’s numbers in a Liverpool shirt are borderline ridiculous.
In terms of goals and assists, Salah has more than some of the world best with none of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ciro Immobile, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe or Sergio Aguero able to boast the same numbers as Jurgen Klopp’s Egyptian king.
In 97 matches, Salah has 68 goals and 24 assists to his name. More notably, the 27-year-old has featured missed just five fixtures from a possible 102. None of the aforementioned names – not even Messi – has proven more durable in that period.