Gary Lineker Defends Mohamed Salah After Recent Backlash From Liverpool Fans

Gary Lineker Defends Mohamed Salah After Recent Backlash From Liverpool Fans

Chukwu Ikechukwu
April 26, 2024 at 2:01 PM
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  • Gary Lineker has refused to criticize Mohamed Salah over Liverpool’s poor form
  • The Egyptian has faced heavy backlash after the Reds' Premier League hopes faded
  • Salah is among the Premier League's top scorers this season with 17 goals

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Mohamed Salah is paying the price for Liverpool’s abysmal form in recent weeks after the Anfield club saw their chances of winning the quadruple evaporate in the space of three weeks.

The 31-year-old Egyptian has come under fire from the Reds' supporters after Jurgen Klopp’s men were knocked out of the FA Cup, Europa League, and potentially the Premier League title race.

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Mohamed Salah has faced backlash from Liverpool supporters following his poor performances for the Reds in recent weeks. Photo by Chris Brunskill.
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According to Talk Sport, Salah has hit a purple patch this season, struggling to find his best form for Liverpool since returning from an ankle injury he picked up at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations while representing Egypt.

The forward’s form has been blamed for Liverpool’s embarrassing capitulation at the end of the season as the Reds are almost certain to finish the campaign with only the League Cup trophy won in February.

Salah still has one year left on his current Liverpool contract but it remains unclear what the future holds for the club’s iconic forward as he continues to attract interest from Saudi Arabia's top clubs.

Lineker refuses to criticise Salah

Meanwhile, former England forward and TV pundit, Gary Lineker, has sympathised with Salah after his return from injury, stating that he’s omitting the Egyptian from any real criticism, TBR Football reports.

“I suspect there’s nothing wrong in the mind of Mo Salah, he’s just having one of those little spells that all strikers have. He’s been prolific, he’s been prolific again this season, he’s just having a bad patch at the wrong time.
“He’s come back from injuries and that can make a difference. I omit him from any real criticism, but he has been cold in the past few weeks,” Lineker said.

Salah has scored 17 Premier League goals this season for Liverpool and remains in contention for the league’s Golden Boot alongside Erling Haaland, Cole Palmer, and Ollie Watkins.

Salah is not world-class – Ince

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Liverpool midfielder, Paul Ince insists talismanic Egyptian forward, Salah is not a world-class player.

The Egyptian has huffed and puffed for the Reds this season as they chase a 20th Premier League title in what will be manager Jurgen Klopp's final season with the Merseyside club.

The former Chelsea winger has already netted 23 goals in the ongoing season, making him Liverpool's leading scorer.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..