Fabio Carvalho admits what Mohamed Salah won't do as Liverpool contract promise proved right

Fabio Carvalho admits what Mohamed Salah won’t do as Liverpool contract promise proved right

Mohamed Salah ended his recent goalscoring ‘drought’ on Tuesday night with a brace against Manchester United, reaching the 30-goal mark. The Egyptian had been goalless in the last six games for the Red Devils despite not scoring for 11 matches before his side’s 4-0 loss to the Red Devils.

As Jurgen Klopp’s side chase an unprecedented four-fold, the 29-year-old’s return to form is timely. After all, Liverpool, who currently trail Man City by a point at the top of the Premier League, feature in the Merseyside derby at home to Everton in their next outing before facing Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final. Meanwhile, they also have an FA Cup final against Chelsea to prepare for next month.

Despite his recent drought, the striker is still comfortably the Reds’ top scorer this season, as he sits five points clear in the Premier League Golden Boot race with 22 goals. With at least nine matches to go in all competitions, Salah will be looking to add to his totals and help his side chase silverware.

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However, while previously on course for a record campaign in front of goal, it now looks unlikely that he can match his tally of 32 Premier League goals and 44 in all competitions, in his first season at Anfield.

Of course, Salah was never going to be able to maintain his sensational form since the start of the season, having scored 15 goals in his first 12 appearances. But there are a number of reasons that could explain the striker’s dip in form in recent months, from uncertainty over his future to simple fatigue.

He has twice suffered international heartache in recent months, losing to Senegal on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations final in February before missing a kick against the same opponents when he failed to qualify for the World Cup last month. He also played 120 minutes four times in 12 days, before going the distance in the League Cup final and World Cup final qualifying stage.

Meanwhile, with his current contract expiring in 2023, his agent confirmed earlier this year that contract talks with the club had broken down, with the 29-year-old having no intention of signing the latest offer made to him in december. Still, Salah has recently insisted speculation over his future is not distracting him.

“No, not at all,” he told Sky Sports earlier this month. “I speak to the manager from time to time, I am very professional. I know my job very well. I am almost here the first and the last to leave.

” I know what I’m doing. I don’t care (the contract speaks). I just focus on the team, that’s the most important thing for me, focused on winning trophies. And I give everything for the club.”

Luckily for Liverpool and for Salah, his return to goalscoring form coincided with the end of the season, at a time when his side need such strikes more than ever to win the trophies the striker is currently focusing on.

But Salah is not the only player to suffer a drop in form in 2022 after an explosive start to the season. Or the only one to come back on the goal track when it really matters.

Fabio Carvalho is set to move to Liverpool this summer when his contract with Fulham expires, after seeing a January transfer deadline day move fall through before the window closed. Meanwhile, ECHO recently announced they are set to move to Anfield in a deal that will could be worth up to £7.5m .

The Portugal Under-21 international has enjoyed an impressive season for Fulham to earn the Reds’ interest in the first place, registering 10 goals and seven assists in 34 appearances to help the Cottagers clinch promotion to the Premier League. However, he recently admitted that speculation over his future and a move to Liverpool has affected his form.

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“I tried not to let it affect me but I’m only human,” he said, speaking to Fulham’s official matchday programme. “I obviously know about these stories, even if only subconsciously. I think it affected me a bit.

“But what I can say is that I’m determined to keep working hard for Fulham. Every time I step onto the pitch in a Fulham shirt, I’m going to give it my all. As for the future, whatever happens, happens I focus on the here and now.

Since scoring against Man City at the Etihad in early February, in his first appearance since his initial move to Anfield fell through, the 19-year-old had gone 12 games without a goal. However, he returned to form last week with promotion to the Premier League in sight.

Carvalho opened the scoring for Fulham with a well-run effort at Derby County on Good Friday, in a game where a victory would have sealed promotion, only for the Rams to battle to win 2-1 in their Championship survival on the line at the time. Meanwhile, he followed that up by scoring in a 3-0 win over Preston North End on Tuesday to help seal the Cottagers’ return to the Premier League.

With four games of the league season remaining, Carvalho will be looking to end his Fulham career in style by helping them clinch the title. And then it’s at Anfield, where he’s ready to learn playing alongside Salah. And if the performance of the duo in 2022 is to be believed, it is clear that all players are only human.

But at the same time, he reiterates one thing. Form is temporary, class is permanent.

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