Date: 26th April 2019 at 8:30pm
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Ian Rush praised Liverpool for their form this season and defended the performances of Mohamed Salah.

Despite Liverpool’s form this season and them being well in the hunt for the title with a few games to play, there has been some criticism of Salah, with the Egyptian left out of the PFA Team of the Year this week.

Speaking on Sky Sports Main Event ahead of Liverpool’s crucial encounter with Huddersfield Town on Friday [7:05pm], Rush said: “They have done very well if you could get to 97 points and not win the league it would be incredible.”

The former Liverpool striker added, “When we won the league we had a great team spirit and when I look at this team they have that spirit as well.

“People are saying [Salah’s] had a bad season but if he scores tonight he will be the top scorer. I think he is thinking a little too much when he gets the ball and needs to be a bit more natural but he’s still had a good season.”

OPINION

Ian Rush is right to praise Liverpool’s performance this season, with the fact that the Reds can reach 97 points and still fall short just highlighting the¬†relentlessness on display from both themselves and Manchester City. Reaching such a points total and still not ending their wait for a Premier League title would be tough for Liverpool supporters, but must not detract from what has been an excellent season. Rush’s defence of Salah is also justified, with the Egyptian still well in the race to win the Golden Boot despite many people claiming he has been out of form this season. Although he has not reached the same spectacular heights as he did last campaign, Salah has still enjoyed a very good season, the difference is that opposition teams have put more effort in trying to stop him this campaign. That has created more freedom for the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to cause problems for opposing defenders, meaning that collectively as a side Jurgen Klopp’s side have been far better this season that last, when they maybe relied too much on Salah’s influence at times especially in the bigger matches.