Mohamed Salah may be frustrating for Liverpool fans to watch at times, but that is what makes him “so good” – according to Jamie Carragher.
Salah got on the scoresheet in the Reds’ hard-fought 3-2 victory against West Ham at Anfield on Monday night, extending their winning run in the Premier League to 18 games.
Jurgen Klopp’s side also need just four more wins to end their 30-year wait to become champions.
Nevertheless, they needed late goals from Salah and Sadio Mane to snatch another set of three points from the brink of defeat.
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Georginio Wijnaldum headed the hosts in front after nine minutes, only for Issa Diop to bring David Moyes’ men level three minutes later.
And 10 minutes into the second half, Pablo Fornals tucked the ball past Alisson to give the Hammers a shock lead.
Fortunately for Klopp, Salah’s weak effort at goal slipped through Lukasz Fabianski’s legs and into the back of the net, before Mane tapped home from close range to secure the win.
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Former Liverpool defender Carragher spoke in length about Salah prior to the victory, admitting he can be a frustrating player to watch because he loses the ball so frequently.
Yet the Sky Sports pundit believes he is also “under-appreciated” massively at Anfield.
When speaking about Salah, Mane, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson on Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “I think if asked Liverpool fans would they take big money for any of the five, no matter what the figure was, there would be no chance they would sell the keeper or Van Dijk,” he said.
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“But if someone offered you £130m for Salah, would you take it? They'd say yeah or they'd think about it.
“I think he’s under-appreciated and he can frustrate you as a player – but it is also the reason why he is so good.
“When I think of Salah receiving the ball, he's not a winger, he's a wide forward, but he does play so narrow. I see Salah constantly marked when he receives the ball. He almost marks himself in some ways.
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“Now, he’s not as strong as Mane, he's probably not as clever with the ball as Firmino when those ball comes into the box, because they all play very narrow – so he does lose the ball a lot.
“So when you’re watching a game in free play, between the boxes if you like, at times it can be a frustration watching Salah.
“There is also no doubt that there’s a selfish side to his game. We saw that come out with the reaction of Mane earlier in the season.
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“When Mo Salah’s in that position, all he’s thinking is that [scoring]. That’s the first thing in his mind, when Mo Salah gets the ball it’s ‘can I score, can I set someone up?’ But his first thing is to score and at times, that is a frustration.
“I played with wide players at Liverpool who never scored a goal. They'd score one goal a season because they were getting chalk on their boots, they had to get wide, had to get against the full-back and run at him.”
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