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Carragher Defends Salah But Also Highlights Problem With His Play

Carragher Defends Salah But Also Highlights Problem With His Play

"I think a little bit too much has probably been made of Salah's form," said Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports on Monday Night.

The Egyptian's early season form - which has seen him score three goals - has come under the spotlight, especially following the weekend's draw with Chelsea where he missed a number of chances.

He's not in great form, but I don't really think he's in bad form either.

He is only one goal down on last season. I hope Jurgen Klopp is saying this to him about the goals he scored last season. If he doesn't get over 40 goals, it doesn't mean he's had a bad season.

Ian Rush was Liverpool's greatest ever goalscorer and he got 47 in one season. He never got 47 again, he would score 25 or 30 goals a season.

If Salah gets 25 goals a season then he's had a great season.

Carragher believes that Salah is still getting into the positions which saw him score 44 goals last season.

However, he does have an issue with one aspect of Salah's play, one which cost Liverpool a goal in their epic Champions League win against PSG last month.

"When I've been watching him I think he's been very sloppy in possession in those [middle] areas and at times it's caused Liverpool a problem.

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"In the PSG game, he gave the ball away and then they scored. Two minutes later he was taken off. The same nearly happened against Chelsea.

"This is what will frustrate a manager. It’s not about missing chances, it’s about putting the team in danger. As a manager on the side of the pitch, if you’re thinking he’s not at his best you think he might get us a goal.

"But if you think he’s putting your team in danger, he’s got to get off the pitch."

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