He was born as the ‘son of Nagrig‘, but grew up to become the Egyptian King. Who would’ve thought it? And yet, that’s what Mohamed Salah did.
Back in the Premier League with a bang, the 44 goals and 15 assists he managed in his debut season on Merseyside marked an incredible return to English football. But the critics still lurk in the background.
Salah has become a victim of his own success. In the following seasons, although he was impressive, he failed to reach those high numbers. But only a few in world football have ever managed to do so – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi come to mind.
Talking about Salah in the same breath as those players only adds expectation. But just as the weight of the pressure placed upon them cripples so many players, he embraces it.
Continuing to ‘run down the wing’, the Egyptian has made a vital contribution of 13 goals in as many appearances this season – in spite of a packed fixture schedule and the disruption caused by a vast number of injuries among the first-team squad.
On his current trajectory, Salah is on course to eclipse his tally of 19 goals from the previous campaign. So why is he given a bad name? Well, the answer – the man himself.
Who could get forget Sadio Mané’s eruption towards Salah’s perceived selfishness at Burnley last season? But just as the past has tell-tale signs, the present isn’t any better.
Accusations of diving against West Ham didn’t help his cause. Added to that, a less-than-pleased reaction to his substitution against Brighton hit the headlines.
Something of a prima-donna? Far from it. For all the criticism, the fire still burns in the belly. That hunger, desire and will to win is the driving force behind Liverpool’s push to retain the Premier League title.Embed from Getty Images
Salah can only do his talking on the pitch. With Liverpool flying in the league and already through to the last 16 of the Champions League, the Egyptian can focus on what he does best – score goals, and ignore what else is said about him.
This season promises to be like no other. For Salah, it’s a chance to shut up the critics once and for all.
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