Mohamed Salah will soon get back into a rich vein of Liverpool form and quieten his critics who have emerged this season, says Lukas Podolski.
The Reds forward has already etched his name into Reds folklore by being part of their recent successes. However, his standout role – 160 goals in 263 games being the highlight – has seen him earn constant praise.
This season is proving to be different, though. While Salah has scored three goals in eight games, he has faced criticism for appearing to play wider than in previous campaigns.
Critics say the tactical switch – whether planned or an anomaly – is affecting his output and performances.
According to former Arsenal goalscorer Podolski, though, there is no reason to even begin to criticise the Egypt international.
“We don’t need to talk about Salah, he is your [Egypt’s] hero, the greatest player ever in your country I think,” the German told Dostor.
“There is not much to talk about, everyone knows him as a player, they know his quality, what he did for Liverpool and the Egyptian football.
“I don’t know if he has received offers to leave Liverpool before renewing his contract, he has decided to stay at Liverpool, and I think he is proud to stay at Liverpool, we are talking about a world-class player.”
Podolski admitted that every player can suffer poor form and must “deal with that”. But, he said Salah’s recent lack of goals “doesn’t change him as a player or a person”.
Podolski says Salah critics will stop
Podolski then backed Salah’s critics to “shut up” after the forward gets back in a rich vein of form.
“After everything bad comes something good, and I think you shouldn’t create problems with that for Salah,” Podolski said.
“This is part of the sport and you have to deal with it, especially in football.
“The good thing is that if you have two or three bad games, you can score in the next game and everyone will shut up about that, you have to enjoy the football life, you have to deal with results, situations and bad starts. You have to deal with that and accept that.
“For me, it’s stupid to criticise great players who have already proven a lot like Salah, you have to deal with criticism, and when you have a long time in that profession, you have to know how to deal with it.”
Liverpool star will come good
There is no doubt about it, Salah will soon be back banging in the goals again for Liverpool.
The Liverpool star has proven since he moved to Anfield in 2017 from Roma that form is temporary and class is permanent.
Indeed, after his struggles at Chelsea, he was billed a one-season wonder after his 44 goals in his debut season on Merseyside.
However, Salah has defied those claims with two 30-plus goal hauls in the past two seasons.
In between his 44 strikes and the previous two campaigns, he managed over 20 goals in all competitions.
There is no way Salah is done yet, especially after signing a new contract. There is obviously the school of thought that players gunning for a bumper new deal drop off when it arrives, but there is no such feeling at Anfield.
Salah had insisted before his new deal that he never saw himself anywhere but Liverpool in his current mindset. And it won’t be long before he finds the back of the net again.