Mohamed Salah hits back after Liverpool legend criticised his recent form


Mohamed Salah was criticised by Phil Thompson following Liverpool’s midweek win over Genk (Picture: Getty)

Mohamed Salah insists he is ignoring criticism of his recent performances ahead of Saturday’s Premier League summit meeting against Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side host the reigning champions at Anfield knowing a win would see them move nine points clear at the top of the table ahead of the upcoming international break.

Liverpool have dropped just two points all season with Salah having contributed five goals and three assists but club legend Phil Thompson believes his recent performances have been a source of concern.

‘It is a concern. The ankle injury that he had, it’s just that push off the mark. It doesn’t look as though he’s free-flowing,’ Thompson told Sky Sports following the midweek Champions League win over Genk.

‘He’s just not getting away from people as you have seen that burst of speed. He’s getting away, but it’s only within tackling distance. His shooting certainly wasn’t on target against Genk and maybe he is saving them all for something.’

Mohamed Salah was substituted during Liverpool’s win over Aston Villa last weekend (Picture: Getty)

Salah has failed to complete 90 minutes in each of Liverpool’s last two Premier League games and hasn’t scored from open play in the same competition since mid September.

Addressing his recent form Salah told Sky Sports: ‘To be honest I don’t care what people expect from me.

‘As much as the team is winning and scoring goals it’s fine. I don’t have to care what people expect from me because that puts more pressure on you and makes you not perform good

‘I’m just doing what I want to do and I feel happy about it.’

Despite the opportunity to open up a sizeable advantage over their only genuine rivals for the title, Salah insists victory over City on Sunday will not prove decisive at this stage of the campaign.

He added: ‘They were talking about that in December last year when we were six or seven points ahead,” Salah told Sky Sports.

‘It is not over. It is three games. If you go through a period of time and lose three games, you are in trouble.

‘Even if we win, it is a long way. We are in November, it is too early to talk about the Premier League.’

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