Heskey: Salah trying ‘too hard’ to match Messi & Ronaldo

Ex-Liverpool forward Emile Heskey believes Mohamed Salah is “trying a little bit too hard” to match Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal tallies in order to be their equal.

Upon completing a €42m transfer from AS Roma in the summer of 2017, Salah enjoyed a remarkable debut campaign at Liverpool in which he fired home 44 goals in 52 games.

The 26-year-old won numerous amount of individual prizes and was being ranked alongside both Messi and Ronaldo after matching their goal tallies for the 2017/18 season.

Despite registering 20 goals in 41 games this season, however, things haven’t gone as smoothly for Salah as they did the previous term upon failing to find the net in his last seven outings for Liverpool.

This has led to concerns over the Egypt international’s form, who Heskey believes is posing a risk to the Liverpool team by trying too hard to get on the scoresheet.

“He’s still got 17 goals [in the Premier League], so he’s not having that bad a season but he’s probably just trying a little bit too hard,” Heskey told Sky Sports.

“He’s looking at the season before when he was scoring all these goals, confidence was high, things were ricocheting then going in.

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“He’s not getting that luck now, but he still wants to get the goals and everyone is still looking at him as that go-to guy for the goals.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Mo Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield on March 10, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“There are times when he should be passing the ball but he’s wanting to score himself. That is the danger. When you’re going through that patch you need the balance. You need to know when to pass the ball when to take the shot.

“You’ve got to remember we were talking of him last season in the same vein as Messi and Ronaldo, so he’s probably got that in his head as well, so he wants to be scoring the goals like they are.”

On the other hand, Salah’s Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane is on an incredible run of form after scoring in all of his last 11 matches.

The Senegalese forward has now equalled Salah’s tally of 20 goals this season, but having played three games less than the Egyptian at 38.

“It’s a blessing for Liverpool isn’t it, that they have someone of his stature – someone of his ability – to step into the plate where Salah has failed to produce,” Heskey said on Mane.

“He’s such a dynamic, quick player. If you look at the season before, he went through little spells where he was scoring three goals, four goals, but now he seems to be making it more consistent.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates with his team after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on March 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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