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What Jamie Carragher said about Mohamed Salah after the first match of the season

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Since Luis Suarez left Anfield in 2014, no Liverpool player has scored more than 14 goals in a single season.

However, it’s safe to assume that Mohamed Salah will smash that tally this season.

The Egyptian winger, who joined the Reds from AS Roma in the summer, has already scored 14 goals in all competitions this season - in just 18 matches.

If he continues scoring goal at his current rate, he will hit the 20-goal mark before the end of 2017.

Even the most optimistic Liverpool fan wouldn’t have envisaged the 25-year-old matching Philippe Coutinho’s tally from last season within the opening three months of the campaign.

Salah netted his first goal of the season against Watford on the opening weekend of the 2017-18 campaign back in August.

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What Carragher said about Salah back in August

The former Chelsea winger tapped home from close range, putting Liverpool 3-2 up, and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher analysed his performance and predicted he would reach double figures for goals.

"This fella will score goals for Liverpool,” Carragher said on Sky Sports, per the Express.

"He's a wide man who looks obsessed by scoring goals. I think wide players have got to get in double figures [for goals], certainly at a top club.

"There's too many wide players who go a season scoring one or two goals.

"The reason is they hug the touchline but they never come away from the touchline."

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Carragher knew Salah and Mane would score bags of goals

"At times I'd like him to come a little bit wider just to create that space because people might work him out if he plays so narrow, there's no space to run," he added.

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"With him and Mane on the other side, not classic wingers getting down the line getting crosses in, but those two players will score goals as we saw at the weekend."

Pundits, like the rest of us, don’t always get it right with their predictions.

But Carragher got this one absolutely spot on.

Carragher believes Salah is the signing of the season

Earlier this month, the Sky Sports pundit named Salah as his signing of the summer and it’s hard to disagree.

"Of all the transfers last summer, none has had more impact than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah," Carragher wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.

"Salah scored his 10th of the current campaign in midweek. When I saw Salah score his first for the club at Watford on the opening day, I felt this was a player who would score 15 this season. I underestimated. He is on schedule to get 25.

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"There has been plenty of criticism of Liverpool’s recruitment in recent years – much of it deserved. But just as with the signing of Sadio Mane in 2016, they have spent very well in bringing Salah back to England after his disappointing spell at Chelsea.

"Paying over £35 million seemed risky, but as was the case with Mane, Salah already looks to be worth more than he cost."

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