John Barnes has branded talks of Mohamed Salah being a one season wonder as ridiculous, even if he fails to score 40 goals this season.
Salah was impressive last season for the Reds, winning the PFA Player of the Year and earning a FIFA The Best nomination.
However, he has started the season slow, netting only three goals in the league so far.
With that in mind, club legend Barnes has told the Daily Star on the talk of Salah’s standards slipping: “Salah’s been fine.
“I mean he hasn’t obviously scored as many goals as he did last year, but I never expected him to.
“Because I don’t think Salah is regularly going to be scoring 40 goals a season as easy as he did last year.
“But if he can be part of a team who has won seven games in a row, as much as he hasn’t scored all the goals, then that’s fine, he’s doing equally as well.
“That’s much more important for him to do that than for him to be scoring lots of goals and us not to be winning.
“So as much as individually people may think he’s not doing as well as he did last year, he’s part of a team and helping out the team to be better than they were last year.
“It depends what you call a one-season wonder.
“If he doesn’t score 40-odd goals this year and that means that he’s a one-season wonder, that’s ridiculous.
“Because if he only scores 20 goals which means he hasn’t done as well but will win the league, that’s even better.
“So maybe in terms of scoring 40-odd goals, but not in terms of being effective and helping the team to be even better this year than they were last year.”