The Liverpool legend suggests Mohamed Salah is underrated by even his own fans, thanks to some unfair expectations.
It’s been another brilliant season for Salah, with his 19 goals and 10 assists helping Liverpool become Premier League champions for the first time in their history.
The Egyptian’s attacking partnership with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino is bearing its fruits, as Liverpool have won four titles in the last two campaigns alone.
Despite assisting Georginio Wijnaldum’s goal in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over Chelsea, however, Salah failed to get on the scoresheet for the third consecutive match. Hopes of a third Golden Boot, therefore, are very remote at this point.
To leapfrog Jamie Vardy, who sits on top of the scoring charts on 23 goals, Salah needs to score at least five times against Newcastle United in Sunday’s season finale.
His stats this season also pale compared to his unbelievable debut campaign in 2017/18, which saw Salah bag 44 goals in all competitions.
But Carragher feels unfair expectations have burdened the 28-year-old ever since that ‘freak’ season.
“He’s now actually undervalued and underappreciated a little bit, even by Liverpool supporters,” Carra told Sky Sports.
“The reason is because he started with 47 goals in a season. That was a freak, it was like the best season of his life. Whatever he does after that feels like a drop-off. In real terms, it’s not.
“He’s a player who’s going to get you 25 goals every season. His numbers are off the scale, in terms of goals and assists – higher than any other Liverpool player in history.”