Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has warned Everton of the threat of Mo Salah ahead of tonight’s Merseyside Derby.
The Egyptian has not been totally at the races so far this season, with teammates Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane arguably overshadowing him up to now.
The 27-year-old has still hit nine goals in all competitions, but he has come in for criticism at times for being wasteful in front of goal, and sometimes going missing.
In the eyes of Heskey, the former Chelsea man has suffered as a result of his recent ankle problem.
He told the Evening Standard: “This is footballers sometimes, to our detriment at times we just want to be out there playing but you need to rest your body.
“When you’re coming back off a period before your injury where you were on fire, everybody expects you to do the same again.
“But you need a couple of weeks to get yourself back in, especially if you haven’t trained fully.”
Despite his recent struggles, Heskey has warned Salah could turn it on against the Toffees.
He added: “He’s the type of player who you could look at him [struggling] but then, the next minute, he can put in a performance and you’re like, ‘That didn’t go to plan, did it?’
“You know what Mohamed Salah’s like, he can produce that one moment of magic that just lights up the game and then you’re 1-0 ahead.”
TBR’s view – Salah due a run
Salah scored just once in November in all competitions and will be itching to get back amongst the goals and will see struggling rivals Everton as the ideal opportunity to do that.
Liverpool are flying, but he is someone who is yet to hit top gear.
He continues to get into brilliant positions to make things happen though, and it could only be a matter of time before he starting firing on all cylinders again.