Mohamed Salah is becoming as influential for Liverpool as players such as Lionel Messi is for Barcelona and Diego Maradona was for Napoli, according to Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
Salah scored 4 goals against Watford yesterday, taking his goal tally for the Premier League season to 28 and 36 in all competitions – making him the top scorer in the top 5 European leagues, ahead of the likes of Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane.
Speaking after the match, Klopp was fulsome in his praise for the Egyptian forward, saying he was “on his way” to being mentioned in the same breath as Messi. Although he added that Salah himself probably wouldn’t want to be compared to the Argentinian great as he is focused on his own game.
“The last player I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona,” Klopp added.
Salah has had a profound effect on the side since he joined in the summer, and has had a hand in more than half of the goals Liverpool have scored in the PL – he has 9 assists to go with his 28 goals.
“As it is always in life, if you have to have the skills you have to show that constantly and consistently, and he is very good,” Klopp added.