It’s amazing how someone with such an impressive goalscoring record can come under so much criticism. But yet Mohamed Salah finds himself in the firing line time and again.
The Egyptian’s sensational pacesetting form during his first season has come back to haunt him and has now become an expectation from segments of the Kop faithful. He managed to score 44 goals and provide 16 assists in 52 appearances during the 2017/18 campaign, winning the Premier League Golden Boot in the process.
Pundits and ex-players have attempted to try and understand what are the reasons for the scrutiny. Even though Jurgen Klopp has described him as “world-class“, not everyone agrees.
Former Red Don Hutchinson accused Salah of struggling with the basics of the game, and subsequently, some supporters agreed with him. All of which are disregarding the impact that he has had since his £34m move from Roma in 2017. He was even labelled as the most “frustrating undroppable player in the world”, for which I have not seen some much contradiction in a sentence.
Is Mohamed Salah underappreciated by fans of other clubs?
In total, he has scored 91 goals and provided 37 assists in 144 appearances in all competitions. In the Premier League alone, he has 70 goals from 100 outings, which is better than Luis Suarez, Kevin Keegan and Fernando Torres all managed to achieve during their time at the club.
So what if he gives the ball away once or twice during a game. So what if he doesn’t score every single game. Let’s just appreciate that he plays for us and not for someone else.