‘Without the Messi & Ronaldo era, we’d think Salah is best in the business’

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December 9, 2021
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    Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah has 20 goals and nine assists for Liverpool this season

    Mohamed Salah's contract situation might not be clear, but the forward's status as an all-time Liverpool great is hardly in doubt.

    Salah has been in the form of his life so far this season and his goal against AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday took his tally to 20 in all competitions – and we've only reached 7 December.

    By date, only Reds legends Ian Rush (7 November) and Roger Hunt (25 November) have reached the landmark more quickly than Salah, who has also provided nine assists.

    It was not a stellar showing from the former Fiorentina and Roma player at the San Siro, but he was still given a standing ovation by the home supporters when he made his way off the pitch just after the hour mark.

    "Without the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, how would we think of Mohamed Salah right now?" asked Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 Live. "We would think of him as the best in the business."

    Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon said: "Mohamed Salah is up there with any other player I've seen in the past few years. He is the closest player I've seen to Lionel Messi."

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    'Where can he go at the minute? Spanish football is struggling'

    Liverpool fell behind to England defender Fikayo Tomori's effort for AC Milan before Salah equalised on 36 minutes for Jurgen Klopp's men.

    The forward was quickest to react to goalkeeper Mike Maignan's save from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot, firing in a first-time finish from the rebound into the roof of the net.

    "He thinks about things in a different way. He seems to get power out of his left foot in a way that only Lionel Messi can," said Nevin.

    However, there are still questions about Salah's long-term future at Anfield, with the Egyptian yet to sign a new contract and his current deal set to expire in 2023.

    Reds boss Klopp had sounded optimistic this week that his star man will agree a new deal, something former Anfield striker Michael Owen also believes will happen.

    Owen told BT Sport: "His contract will get sorted out, but these things are complicated. This is probably the last big contract of his career so he's got to take his time about things.

    "Where can he go at the minute? Spanish football is struggling."

    Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand added: "Do you think he is sitting there with his agent and saying 'just go and search out the highest paid player in the league and put me a couple of pound above them'? He's the best player in the league at the moment."

    Liverpool performance fills Klopp 'with a lot of pride'

    'I could not be more proud'

    When Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan were drawn together in August, Group B was described as the 'Group of Death' but Klopp's side swept all three sides aside with ease.

    They become the first English side in history to win all six games in a Champions League group stage, scoring 17 times and conceding six goals.

    The Reds also won six successive Champions League matches for the first time, despite making a number of changes to their starting line-up, finishing an incredible 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico.

    "I'm very proud," said Klopp. "Especially because of the sixth game to be honest. We chose that line-up because we wanted to win the game. We needed fresh legs. We needed desire to play this game which is difficult in this hectic schedule to always be on fire for the next game.

    "What the boys did, I could not be more proud. It was an incredible game. I am so happy.

    "The performance was outstanding. Having 21 shots, so many situations where we played outstandingly well and defended passionately and well organised."

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    • S

      Comment posted by SJH, at 00:10 8 Dec

      Arsenal fan but LOVE Salah. He has that Ronaldinho/Henry swagger where you just cant help but smile when you watch him play. Staggering player!32922

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        Reply posted by Celts, at 01:08 8 Dec

        "Arsenal fan but LOVE Salah. He has that Ronaldinho/Henry swagger where you just cant help but smile when you watch him play. Staggering player!"Celts replied: FSG have to get his contract sorted out! Otherwise the fans will turn on them.

        All the money Liverpool have made from consistently reaching the latter stages of the Champions League, has to be reinvested into the club!13219

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      Comment posted by mark, at 03:26 8 Dec

      Pointless doing comparisons really. None of them play in the same league, Ronaldo apart and he’s coming to an end and not at his peak. Right now in the premier league Salah is top of the pile, any team in the world would take him but maybe he’s in the right team with the right manager for him at this time? And that little recipe makes him shine brightly!26714

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        Reply posted by 13EuropeanCups, at 03:36 8 Dec

        "Pointless doing comparisons really. None of them play in the same league, Ronaldo apart and he’s coming to an end and not at his peak. Right now in the premier league Salah is top of the pile, any team in the world would take him but maybe he’s in the right team with the right manager for him at this time? And that little recipe makes him shine brightly!"13EuropeanCups replied: I sort of think I want to see barsa getting him for exactly the reason you mentioned. Bit risky, but another bank breaker sitting on the bench at barsa would be magnificent.21105

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      Comment posted by Lightning-F57, at 23:35 7 Dec

      5th season wonder :)18213

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        Reply posted by Celts, at 01:03 8 Dec

        "5th season wonder :)"Celts replied: He now has more PL goals than Ryan Giggs, meaning that he is the highest scoring winger in Premier League history!!

        Quick reminder, he’s only been here 4 and a half years…..20419

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      Comment posted by Cracker_t, at 09:21 8 Dec

      United fan. He’s the best in the world right now and he’s great to watch. Just because he’s from a rival club doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate class.1759

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        Reply posted by D DOG, at 10:19 8 Dec

        "United fan. He’s the best in the world right now and he’s great to watch. Just because he’s from a rival club doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate class."D DOG replied: Well said a true football fan.765

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      Comment posted by C Kyle, at 06:26 8 Dec

      So if it wasn’t for players who are better than Salah he would be considered the best?

      Makes sense I guess.13526

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        Reply posted by Malc, at 08:42 8 Dec

        "So if it wasn’t for players who are better than Salah he would be considered the best?Makes sense I guess."Malc replied: If it wasn’t for all the better players I would be the best football player in th world ……. And so would my dog777

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      Comment posted by Gandalf, at 05:30 8 Dec

      Salah is a very good player, and has a claim to being the best forward in the world on current form, but I think comparisons to Messi at his prime are premature. I sometimes wonder how much time some UK pundits and fans actually spent watching Messi. I used to love watching Spanish football, and I’ve never seen anything like him.11221

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        Reply posted by Bobby , at 05:38 8 Dec

        "Salah is a very good player, and has a claim to being the best forward in the world on current form, but I think comparisons to Messi at his prime are premature. I sometimes wonder how much time some UK pundits and fans actually spent watching Messi. I used to love watching Spanish football, and I’ve never seen anything like him."Bobby replied: He’s not being compared to Messi6148

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      Comment posted by michael, at 06:57 8 Dec

      As great as Ronaldo and Messi have been, and still continue to be…. At this moment in time there’s no one I’d rather have in my team than Salah.
      Brilliant player.8912

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        Reply posted by muddy wolf, at 09:25 8 Dec

        "As great as Ronaldo and Messi have been, and still continue to be…. At this moment in time there’s no one I’d rather have in my team than Salah. Brilliant player."muddy wolf replied: I think he is now getting close to Harry Kane who has scored as many goals in a team that is struggling2075

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      Comment posted by Funky Chunky Monkey, at 23:56 7 Dec

      Currently best in the world, end of.13975

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        Reply posted by czerwonadupa, at 00:01 8 Dec

        "Currently best in the world, end of."czerwonadupa replied: Lewandowski says he isn’t141137

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      Comment posted by Salah11, at 08:43 8 Dec

      Salah a long with Lewandowski are the best in Europe, they may not have won a popularity contest (ballon D’or) but the seasons they have both had in their career have been nothing short of magnificent. Long may it continue533

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        Reply posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, at 12:58 8 Dec

        "Salah a long with Lewandowski are the best in Europe, they may not have won a popularity contest (ballon D’or) but the seasons they have both had in their career have been nothing short of magnificent. Long may it continue"Lets Agree To Disagree replied: It is very hard to argue that there is anyone better than Salah at this moment or even this season.243

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      Comment posted by Brizey , at 07:30 8 Dec

      What can we say about Salah.
      Carlsberg probably the best player in the world.
      Got to be at this moment in time, the guy is never injured, his numbers are staggering, always smiling, keep ripping it up Mo.558

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        Reply posted by Aminur, at 10:20 8 Dec

        "What can we say about Salah.Carlsberg probably the best player in the world.Got to be at this moment in time, the guy is never injured, his numbers are staggering, always smiling, keep ripping it up Mo."Aminur replied: He’s Muslim. Why would you use a beer brand to describe him. Awful, insensitive and totally discriminatory5124

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      Comment posted by LFCFAN_TX, at 23:30 7 Dec

      We’ve been spoiled down the years with some fine strikers. He will go down as one of the grratest to play for us. We need him to sign that extension as the alternative is almost certainly an inferior player for the same outlay.485

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        Reply posted by PhillyBlueBoy, at 06:53 8 Dec

        "We’ve been spoiled down the years with some fine strikers. He will go down as one of the grratest to play for us. We need him to sign that extension as the alternative is almost certainly an inferior player for the same outlay."PhillyBlueBoy replied: ….grratest!!

        You had your Frosties this morning!!764

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      Comment posted by john f, at 23:41 7 Dec

      As a well known Italian chef once said and if my grandma had wheels she’d be a bike.4710

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 12:41 8 Dec

        "As a well known Italian chef once said and if my grandma had wheels she’d be a bike."The Spin Doctor replied: And as my dad says, anyone who knows how to kick a ball could play in midfield for Man Utd. 😁😁😁244

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      Comment posted by GameShot, at 08:23 8 Dec

      You don’t have to be a Liverpool fan to accept this guy Salah is on a searing hot streak. Even as an opposing fan, you get to the edge of your seat when he gets the ball inside the box. And when he is playing against you, all eyes are on him to make sure he is being properly marked! All done in secret of course. Last Liverpool player who would give me this same cold sweat was one Fernando Torres.372

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        Reply posted by Curmudgeon, at 09:28 8 Dec

        "You don’t have to be a Liverpool fan to accept this guy Salah is on a searing hot streak. Even as an opposing fan, you get to the edge of your seat when he gets the ball inside the box. And when he is playing against you, all eyes are on him to make sure he is being properly marked! All done in secret of course. Last Liverpool player who would give me this same cold sweat was one Fernando Torres."Curmudgeon replied: And then Torres moved to Chelsea for the money, and it really worked out well for him didn’t it? Be careful Mo, you are already richer than you ever dreamed, stay with currently the best team in England, and fans who love you.347

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      Comment posted by markyp1965, at 07:59 8 Dec

      All that really needs to be said about Salah is that he’s an absolutely wonderful footballer.427

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        Reply posted by Hi eric, at 12:04 8 Dec

        "All that really needs to be said about Salah is that he’s an absolutely wonderful footballer."Hi eric replied: Who was the divy downvoting?78

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      Comment posted by Biddy, at 01:57 8 Dec

      I don’t think even a hardcore lfc fan would say Salah is better than Ronaldo/Messi. No comparison with either of them and full stop.

      The title of these report says “Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward is ‘best in the business, without Messi and Ronaldo era'”

      Both Messi and Ronaldo are old and no near to their pick. If we consider the present time Salah and Lewa will be on the top405

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        Reply posted by Salah11, at 08:47 8 Dec

        "I don’t think even a hardcore lfc fan would say Salah is better than Ronaldo/Messi. No comparison with either of them and full stop.The title of these report says “Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward is ‘best in the business, without Messi and Ronaldo era'”Both Messi and Ronaldo are old and no near to their pick. If we consider the present time Salah and Lewa will be on the top"Salah11 replied: They have had their day , Salah is far better right now3316

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      Comment posted by RuGbY LeAgUe fan, at 07:14 8 Dec

      And if you discount every other player on the planet, I’d be the best. What a ridiculous headline.4212

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        Reply posted by muddy wolf, at 09:26 8 Dec

        "And if you discount every other player on the planet, I’d be the best. What a ridiculous headline."muddy wolf replied: Nearly as pointless as the article about Coutinho who was the best Liverpool player ever, until he left.109

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      Comment posted by CosySunset, at 23:38 7 Dec

      He is the best. And has the stats to prove it5224

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        Reply posted by tresslelegs, at 02:40 8 Dec

        "He is the best. And has the stats to prove it"tresslelegs replied: what planet are you on, 😂😂😂😂😂2252

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      Comment posted by Torys Nicked Dads Pension, at 07:37 8 Dec

      kick and chase football always gets more goals but there is an art to controlling the ball at the pace Mo plays the game at so I would rather watch Mo that any of those others that were mentioned. Staying healthy is also skill Mo has very under rated lucky Liverpool283

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      Comment posted by Jiggery Pokery, at 03:04 8 Dec

      To all those false prophets…

      Who’s predictions turned out to be abject garbage…

      The sting of the Egyptian King, revelling in his well earned status & scoring goals for fun at Liverpool FC…

      Must be gut wrenching for you…

      You’re welcome.4427

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        Reply posted by Sausage, at 03:15 8 Dec

        "To all those false prophets…Who’s predictions turned out to be abject garbage…The sting of the Egyptian King, revelling in his well earned status & scoring goals for fun at Liverpool FC…Must be gut wrenching for you…You’re welcome."Sausage replied: Agreed, he’s ridiculously good.

        Amen to that brother.405

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      Comment posted by Funky Chunky Monkey, at 09:50 8 Dec

      If PSG had a chance to replace Messi with Salah they would jump at the chance, there is no club in world football that wouldn’t want the current Salah playing for them.
      Hence why he is the current best player in the world.130

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        Reply posted by Biriani, at 11:04 8 Dec

        "If PSG had a chance to replace Messi with Salah they would jump at the chance, there is no club in world football that wouldn’t want the current Salah playing for them.Hence why he is the current best player in the world."Biriani replied: This21

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