'Mo Salah is like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi'

Former England manager says Liverpool striker scores goals from wide positions like Portuguese, Argentina stars


Sports Desk December 17, 2019
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Mohamed Salah's short silence in terms of goals for Liverpool made everyone believe that the striker's best days have gone away, but the left-footed Egyptian scored twice against Watford to silence his critics.

Salah's two goals helped the Reds open up a 10-point gap against second-placed Leicester City and a 14-point gap against Premier League title holders Manchester City (third on the table).

His recent return of goal-scoring form has earned him yet another round of comparison with two of the world's best footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and this time it is former Everton manager Sam Allardyce who was all-praise for the Egyptian.

“He’s that wide-man goalscorer though, isn’t he? He’s not a down-the-middle goalscorer,” the former England manager told talkSport.

“He’s like Ronaldo. Ronaldo and Messi both score goals but not as a centre-forward, and Mo Salah is the same. So it makes it even more remarkable with the goals Salah has scored from his position.”

Saturday’s goals made Salah the 18th highest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history ahead of Luis Suarez and the former Newcastle United boss believes he is the best-ever scorer for the Anfield outfit in the Premier League.

“Well, the record says ‘yes’,” he continued. “It’s harder to keep that record up the more games you play, so if he stays at Liverpool and continues to score those goals, then yes.”

Salah's Liverpool now face two challenges in less than 24 hours as Jurgen Klopp and co face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on late Tuesday night and then play a Club World Cup match against Monterrey on Wednesday night.

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