LIVERPOOL star Mohamed Salah’s slow start is a good thing because it is allowing Sadio Mane to showcase his ability.
That’s according to former Reds striker Emile Heskey.
Salah enjoyed a stunning debut campaign at Anfield last season, scoring 44 goals as he helped them to the Champions League final.
Jurgen Klopp strengthened well during the summer, splashing out £175m as he plots to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.
The Merseyside outfit have started the season strongly, winning all four games so far and conceding just once.
“Salah hasn’t hit the ground running like he did last season.”
Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey
But despite Salah establishing himself as the talisman last term following the departure of Philippe Coutinho, Mane has taken charge this season.
The flying winger has bagged four goals so far as Liverpool sit top of the table, level on points with Chelsea and Watford.
Salah has contributed, scoring twice, but Heskey insists it’s a positive that his former side aren’t having to rely solely on the Egyptian.
“It’ll be difficult,” he exclusively told Starsport when asked if Salah can repeat his heroics of last season.
“But I wouldn’t put it past him.
“He’s had a long season now, as (Harry) Kane has as you see, and it’ll be difficult for him to replicate that.
“But he’s that good a player that you wouldn’t put it past him doing so.
“He’s got that ability to get at players, to score goals, to create goals, to trouble defences.
“So that’s why you’re putting your hat on him doing pretty much the same again.
“I think when you’re looking at Salah everyone just fades into the background.
“Salah hasn’t hit the ground running like he did last season.
“Don’t get me wrong he’s still doing well but he gives Mane the chance to showcase his ability and he’s getting the goals.
“He’s got four now, top goalscorer.
“So it gives him a chance to showcase his ability and he’s taking to that very well.”
Liverpool are back in action at lunchtime as they travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham.
GOALS’ Restart Game campaign aims to get more people active through playing five-a-side football at its 46 clubs across the UK.
For further information: www.goalsfootball.co.uk