Liverpool legend John Barnes feels that it’s unfair to expect Mohamed Salah to produce another 40-goal campaign, but hit out at the “ridiculous” suggestions that he’s a one-season wonder
The Egyptian forward’s impressive debut campaign at Anfield last term saw him named the PFA and FWA Player of the Year.
However, Salah has struggled to replicate the same statistics he recorded last season with just three goals to his name, so far.
But Barnes feels that Salah is more of a team player and ridiculed talk that the 26-year-old’s standards are falling.
He told the Daily Star: “Salah’s been fine.
“I mean he hasn’t obviously scored as many goals as he did last year, but I never expected him to.
“Because I don’t think Salah is regularly going to be scoring 40 goals a season as easy as he did last year.
“But if he can be part of a team who has won seven games in a row, as much as he hasn’t scored all the goals, then that’s fine, he’s doing equally as well.
“That’s much more important for him to do that than for him to be scoring lots of goals and us not to be winning.
“So as much as individually people may think he’s not doing as well as he did last year, he’s part of a team and helping out the team to be better than they were last year.
“It depends what you call a one-season wonder.
“If he doesn’t score 40-odd goals this year and that means that he’s a one-season wonder, that’s ridiculous.
“Because if he only scores 20 goals which means he hasn’t done as well but will win the league, that’s even better.
“So maybe in terms of scoring 40-odd goals, but not in terms of being effective and helping the team to be even better this year than they were last year.”
Liverpool will make the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Salah’s former club Chelsea today at 18:30 (GMT +2).