Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will prove he is no one-season wonder by winning the Premier League golden boot again this term, believes Dean Saunders.
The former Reds striker has compared the Egyptian King with Cristiano Ronaldo, and is confident he will take the top flight by storm once more.
Salah enjoyed a spellbinding first campaign with the Reds, scoring 44 goals in all competitions and providing 16 assists as Jurgen Klopp’s men reached the Champions League final.
And while that clash against Real Madrid in Kiev ended in injury heartbreak, Salah did finish the campaign as the Premier League’s top scorer with 32 goals and completed a clean sweep of Player of the Year awards.
Expectations are high in Merseyside after a brilliant season and busy summer, but there have been suggestions Salah’s sensational form could be a one-off and that he may struggle to repeat such success with the Reds this term.
He perhaps answered those critics by scoring within a minute of his first game back for Liverpool in their pre-season victory over Manchester City.
And Saunders fully expects him to brush aside those ‘one-season wonder’ claims and continue his prolific goalscorer record for the Reds.
“I think this year he’s going to finish top scorer again,” the former Anfield star told talkSPORT host Jim White.
“He’s no one-season wonder, and there are a few reasons why.
“There are lot of players who have had one good season in the Premier League and then you don’t see them again.
“But I’ve looked on Salah’s goalscoring record, and you can go back to when he was playing for Fiorentina and Roma – he’s made 303 appearances and score 121 goals so far.
“He’s getting better and better every season.
“Plus, Liverpool have signed Kieta and Fabinho, who are going to win the ball back and give it to him earlier. He’s going to get more service this year than he did last season.
“Salah has come back and scored straight away, good, first goal in the bag.
“His movement is brilliant and his football brain is a step ahead of everybody else. So even though you know when he’s going to run, you can’t stop him.
“His feet are electric. If you get too close to him in the box, he’s gone past you.
“You just can’t stop him. He can score with both feet and he can score all types of goals.
“He’s a bit like Ronaldo. All-round, he’s got the lot.
“A lot of his goals are poachers goals, so he’s not like Philippe Coutinho who almost every time he scored was in the top corner – they dry up, you can only do that for so long.
“He got 44 goals last season, I would say 30 of them were poachers goals – a couple were spectacular and a he got a few headers.
“It’s going to be hard for his to score 44 goals again, but I still think he’s get over 25 and will finish up near 30.”