Jamie Carragher says it will be ‘virtually impossible’ for Mohamed Salah to replicate last season’s goalscoring feats and believes netting 25 times would still represent a great season.
The Egyptian has had a mixed start to the new campaign, only scoring three times in the first eight games of the new Premier League season, and has been out-shone by teammate Sadio Mane.
Despite his struggles, Carragher still believes Salah is Liverpool’s main man and thinks he will lead their scoring charts again – even if he misses a few big chances along the way.
‘He’s still the star because of what he did last season,’ Carragher told Soccer AM.
‘He’s the goalscorer, he’s the one who got the goals last season and you’d still expect him to be Liverpool’s top goal scorer this season.
‘He hasn’t hit the ground running, or showed the form he did second half of last season, but I think he’s still Liverpool’s stand-put player around the world, when people think of Liverpool, because of the season he had last season.’
Pressed on whether it would be hard to repeat last season’s incredible campaign, in which he scored 44 times in all competitions and broke the Premier League scoring record, Carragher tried to downplay expectations.
‘It’s virtually impossible for a wide player to score 44 goals again. I mean, if Salah gets 25 or 30 goals this season he’d have had a great season.
‘And I think he will be around that mark. He’s still getting chances. We’ve always questioned him last season about chances that he missed – so even scoring 44 goals he still missed a lot of big chances.
‘So he is missing them at the moment, but I’m sure they will start going in the back of the net.’