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Heskey: “Salah will get doubters no matter how he performs”

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Emile Heskey believes Mohamed Salah will always have to deal with critics no matter what he achieves during a season.

The Egyptian forward completed a remarkable debut campaign at Liverpool by finding the net 44 times in 52 games to help the club seal a top-four finish in the Premier League and a Champions League final appearance.

As a result of his exploits, Salah won numerous amounts of individual prizes and raised expectations around him heading into this season.

But the 26-year-old has struggled to reproduce the same level of performances on a weekly basis, with Salah currently on an eight-match scoreless run.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who has repeatedly had to defend his star forward from critics, insisted on Wednesday that Salah’s contributions to the team this term remain as valuable as ever.

In general, though, Salah’s statistics this season appear to be going strong anyway with 20 goals and 10 assists to his name in 42 games.

And former Liverpool striker Heskey believes the Egypt international will always get his critics no matter how he does.

“Mo Salah will get doubters no matter how he performs,” Heskey told Betoclock.

“If Salah reaches 20 goals this season, people will continue to say it’s been a bad season for him. But if anyone else gets 20 goals, it’s a great season for them.

“At this moment, 17 goals is a good return. He could have had more, but he hasn’t got the rub of the green.”

Following last weekend’s 2-1 victory over TottenhamLiverpool remain a point behind leaders Manchester City heading into the final six matches of the Premier League title race.

“The Spurs match was a huge victory for Liverpool, but they’ve got to keep the pressure on Man City, especially when they are playing so well,” said Heskey.

“It’s going to be difficult for Man City with the number of games coming up, but Liverpool will just need to keep up their own momentum.

“There is so much pressure on each team, but Man City will feel extra pressure if Liverpool get another result tomorrow night.

“Liverpool would prefer to have the points in the bag which they can continue to do if they keep winning.”

Liverpool will face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium tonight, with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).