Salah no one-season wonder – Barnes

first_imgMohamed Salah may struggle to net 40 goals again for Liverpool but to suggest that he is a one-season wonder is “ridiculous”, says John Barnes.The Egypt international enjoyed a stunning debut campaign at Anfield in 2017-18, with his contribution to the Reds’ cause earning him the PFA Player of the Year prize and a nomination for the FIFA Best Award.Replicating those efforts was always going to be difficult and the 26-year-old has made a supposedly slower start to the current campaign than he did the last. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has, however, found the target three times and continues to be an important presence in a Liverpool side which places greater emphasis on collective quality than individual brilliance.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.Mohamed Salah one-season wonder ridiculous John Barnes“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.”Salah only had four goals to his name through his opening eight appearances last season and ended the campaign with 44 across all competitions.He could easily hit a purple patch again in 2018-19, with confidence flowing at Anfield on the back of a record-setting start to the season which delivered seven successive wins prior to a Carabao Cup third round defeat to Chelsea.Jurgen Klopp’s side will get the opportunity to avenge the only blot on their copybook to date when they head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday seeking to preserve their faultless record in the Premier League and a standing at the top of the table. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: I will miss Ashish Nehra, says Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli paid rich tributes to Ashish Nehra, who retired from cricket after the first Twenty20 international against New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday.”To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler. I know how professional he’s been and how hard he’s worked. He deserved this kind of a farewell with the crowd cheering him. He can now spend time with his family, he’s got a beautiful family. We’ll stay in touch but we’ll miss him and I wish him all the best,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.India recorded their first first-ever victory against New Zealand in the T20Is in six attempts and Kohli was elated with India’s clinical.#ThankYouAshishNehra BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017How’s that for footy skills from our very own Nehraji? What do you make of that @YUVSTRONG12 😉 #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017″Very clinical performance from the whole team,” Kohli said.India rode on a record opening partnership to post a mammoth 202/3 in the opening clash of the three-match T20 International (T20I) series at the Ferozshah Kotla here on Wednesday.Put in to bat, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma decimated the Kiwi bowling by bringing up a 158-run first wicket stand in just 16 overs.While Dhawan belted a 52-ball 80, to eclipse his previous highest T20I score of 60, Rohit continued his glorious form to smash a 55-ball 80, comprising six boundaries and four sixes.advertisementIn reply, New Zealand innings never took off as Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel finished with two wickets apiece to restrict the visitors to 149/8. The spinners were ably supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya who all chipped in with one wicket each as India registered a comfortable 53-run win.India get their first T20I win over New Zealand! Their bowlers restrict the Blackcaps to just 149/8 for a 53 run victory in Delhi! #INDvNZ ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2017″I thought the wicket was damp but Rohit and Shikhar were outstanding. And with the ball as well, we were brilliant. The bowlers bowled where they should and the fielders backed it up. That catch by Hardik Pandya is one of the best I have seen,” Kohli said.Kohli also praised man-of-the-match Dhawan for his thunderous knock.”Shikhar’s one-day game is so good and he always wanted to convert that into T20 as well. I think his adaptability was spot-on today and he unleashed all the shots he had,” he said.The second match of the series will be played Rajkot on Saturday.Farewell to the man of the moment – Ashish Nehra #ThankYouAshishNehra BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017last_img read more