‘Salah is on schedule to score 25 goals this season’

Mohamed Salah’s scoring exploits have surpassed Jamie Carragher’s expectations – and the Liverpool legend believes the forward could reach 25 goals this season.

In breaking the deadlock against Maribor on Wednesday night with a deft, angled flick at the Kop end, the summer signing achieved double figures in just his 16th appearance.

The goals have flowed from the very start of the campaign for the Egypt international and Carragher sees no reason why Salah cannot continue to add heavily to that haul:

“Of all the transfers last summer, none has had more impact than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah”

“When I saw Salah score his first for the club at Watford on the opening day, I felt this was a player who would score 15 this season. I underestimated. He is on schedule to get 25.

“The Egyptian is more than a traditional winger. He is a wide striker with the ability to get into goalscoring positions every time he plays.

“Just as with the signing of Sadio Mane in 2016, [Liverpool] have spent very well in bringing Salah back to England after his disappointing spell at Chelsea.”

Carragher Has “Great Hope” for Liverpool Title Challenge

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Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool’s performances in the opening 10 Premier League games have created ‘great hope’ for the remainder of the season.

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
2 Manchester City 11 7 3 1 25 10 15 24
3 Arsenal 10 7 2 1 23 10 13 23
4 Liverpool 10 7 2 1 24 13 11 23
5 Tottenham Hotspur 10 5 5 0 14 5 9 20
6 Everton 11 5 3 3 15 12 3 18

The Reds legend was encouraged by the manner with which Jürgen Klopp’s side claimed a 4-2 victory from a tricky contest at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

That win – the team’s seventh of the campaign – ensured Carragher’s former club maintained pace with leaders Arsenal and Manchester City on 23 points.

The ex-Red and Sky pundit thinks Liverpool are positioned to turn a lack of European football to their advantage.

Having overcome one of their biggest bogey teams last weekend and level on points with league leaders Manchester City and Arsenal with a quarter of the season gone, Liverpool look genuine title contenders. There’s a long way to go, and a lot can change, but at the start of November the Reds are one of the frontrunners.

Given their difficult start to the season—playing all of August away from home and facing Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, and Chelsea before the end of September—that’s not something even the club’s most hopeful fans were expecting when the season started, and Jamie Carragher thinks that’s a huge mark in their favour.

On Monday Night Football Carragher said:

“They had a tough start so to now be so close to the top of the table gives you great hope going forward.  I think with the start Liverpool had, if someone had said they’d be around the top four, a couple of points off, I think most Liverpool fans would have been delighted.”

The delight wouldn’t have been with just being near the top four. Instead, it would have been for navigating a difficult start and being well positioned to push on as the season wore on given their advantage of not being in Europe this season, an advantage they used to good effect during their 2013-14 title challenge.

“I go back to that season with Brendan Rodgers.  That’s what nearly took Liverpool to the title—that extra energy, intensity, closing people down, fast football. Against Crystal Palace, the defence wasn’t great, but their intensity and the way they closed people down was reminiscent of a couple of years ago.”

True as that may be, a second half push still requires a strong foundation.  Despite the difficult start Liverpool are positioned well and with a good squad to move forwards with.

 

 

Liverpool FC: Gerrard ‘We lacked cutting edge’

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Liverpool Skipper Steven Gerrard believes the goalless draw against Everton is another proof that Liverpool lacks that cutting edge to finish of teams.

The match ended in 0-0 draw with Liverpool struggling to turn their possession into clear-cut chances without top scorer Luis Suarez.

Gerrard said:

“We all wanted [a goal] at the end, mainly for this fella [Jamie Carragher] playing in his last derby.  Everton have improved a lot. They’ve had a good season and are difficult to beat and that sums our season up in a way.  We played well but lacked the cutting edge against the sides above us. We’ll take a point but we’re slightly disappointed it wasn’t three.”

Carragher who played his last derby also expressed disappointment to not to sign off with a win in his final game against Everton.

”It’s a fair result. It wasn’t to be and a draw was a fair result. There weren’t too many chances at either end. It was a tense derby if you like and credit to Everton.  Coming to Anfield and getting a draw is a good result. I’m slightly disappointed but a fair result in the end I think. It was a good day. I’ve got a few games left with Liverpool. It was a big-game derby and I would have liked to have won it but ultimately we didn’t lose.”

Liverpool FC: Carragher to extend contract?

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Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers says he will hold talks with Jamie Carragher before the end of current Barclays Premier League season in an attempt to persuade the Liverpool defender to resign a new contract and postpone his retirement.

Carragher announced that he would retire from professional football back in February after struggling to break into the first-team earlier in the season.

However, the 35 year old has been a regular in Rodgers’ starting XI in the second half of the campaign, producing a string of impressive performances alongside Daniel Agger.

“He’s been fantastic and I do [believe he could play next season]. Him and I communicate a lot and he’s obviously got something in his mind.  Him and I will sit down between now and the end of the season anyway and we’ll see where it goes. If he does go, I will certainly miss him because he’s been brilliant for me in my time there, going in as a manager of a club of that size.  He’s shown great respect and really helped me and the other guys. The thing for now is to keep performing the way he is until the end of the season and between then and now him and I will chat and we’ll take it from there.”

Share your opinions? Do you think Jamie Carragher should extend his contract and play the next season for the Reds?

Liverpool FC: Summer transfer window will be busy

Manager Brendan Rodgers today confirmed Liverpool Football club will be looking to bring in three to four quality players in the upcoming transfer window so that club finally have the squad to compete for the Premier League title.

Swansea skipper Ashley Williams, Blackpool forward Thomas Ince and Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij are some of the names that has been constantly linked with Liverpool .

Rodger said:

“There is a natural rebuilding with the likes of Carra going.  I am happy with the squad and if I can then put another three or four quality players to it, then great. But it is quality we are after, not quantity.”

Rodgers is pleased by the impact Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are having at the club since arriving in January.  The manager added:

“We see Coutinho and Sturridge’s quality.  There were some key positions we needed support in but I didn’t want to waste the club’s money.  I like to know what we are bringing in.”

Share your opinion.  Who would you be chasing in the summer transfer window and who would you sell?

Liverpool FC: Is Martin Skrtel on his way out of Anfield?

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Liverpool FC defender Martin Skrtel has spoken out his frustrations at being benched by Boss Brendan Rodgers in recent weeks.  He admits he does not know the real reason for his recent omission from the starting XI, raising doubts over his future at the Club.

Skrtel has been a regular first team player over the last few seasons also winning the player of the season award last year, but his recent inconsistent form has found himself back on the bench as Jamie Carragher has become first choice partner alongside Daniel Agger.

The 28 year old says his manager told him why he was leaving him out, but claims he doesn’t feel that’s the actual reason for his omission.

He gave me some explanation, but it’s hard to tell if it was the true reason he gave me.  I don’t think it was and think there is something else behind it.  It all happened after our match with Manchester United in the middle of January. We lost 2-1 but I think that particularly in the second half we played very well. Moreover, a lot of sources gave me a good rating. But he [Rodgers] told me we had lost the organization of play in the defensive line and that this would be the reason why I would not play in the following matches.

I don’t know which fixtures he spoke about because we had kept a clean sheet twice in a row and won both matches. Also, we did not disappoint in the game against United.  Anyway, I’m not the type of player who would be chasing the coach and be in his office all the time, asking for explanations why I’m not playing. If the coach wants to tell me something, he will summon me. I would not like to make any unnecessary conflicts.

Skrtel says he is not thinking of leaving “for the present”, but the 28-year-old admits he would have to do so if he was not “kept in the team”:

For three years at Liverpool I was playing in almost every match. I have had various thoughts but certainly I’m not going to make any hot-blooded decision.  I want to be fit as soon as possible and fight for the place in the starting line-up. If the coach should lose interest in keeping me in his team, then we would have to handle it with my agent.

Skrtel certainly is a good defender but his inconsistency has always been a problem in the back four. Liverpool desperately needs to sign some world class defenders to tighten up the defense next season.  Do you think selling the 28 year in the next window will be a good move from Rodgers?

Liverpool FC: Jamie Carragher to retire at end of season

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher announced on Thursday that he will hang his boots at the end of the season. The 35-year-old has made 723 appearances for the reds since his full debut in 1997 and is second only to Ian Rush in all-time Liverpool appearances.

“This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer.  I’m making this announcement now because I don’t want the manager or the club to be answering questions on my future when I’ve already decided what I am going to do.”

Carragher has won three League Cup crowns, two FA Cup victories and one Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup title.

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He will be remembered as a Liverpool legend who always gave his all, there are few who embody Liverpool more than Jamie Carragher.  He was Liverpool as much as Steven Gerrard.  Carragher was the rock in that changing back line that included Sami Hyppia, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.  Which is why Brendan Rodgers sought him out from the margins to the starting XI.  Carragher’s positional ability and anticipation compensates so well for his lack of speed.

Rodgers was also acutely aware that the man from Bootle, other than Gerrard, brought essential leadership qualities to a transitioning team.  With his retirement, only a handful (Gerrard, Reina, and possibly Agger) are left in the team who have links with the successful Champions League seasons.

But let us be clear, before the end of the season it will be just business as usual for Jamie Carragher.