Liverpool star Mohamed Salah can cement his claim to being the best player in the world by upstaging Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo in the world’s biggest game
There’s no doubt that Mohamed Salah has been on another planet to everyone else in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool’s talisman has been in scintillating form, netting in all but one of his 11 appearances this season.
The Egyptian has struck in nine consecutive games following his brace against Atletico Madrid in the dramatic 3-2 win in the Champions League in midweek.
He’s been hailed as the best player in the world by his boss, Jurgen Klopp, as well as a host of pundits over the past couple of weeks.
But Liverpool’s crunch clash with Manchester United on Sunday provides Salah with the perfect platform to back that claim up – as he comes face to face with the man who’s arguably carried that mantle over the past few years.
Alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo has pushed the boundaries of greatness ever since his first spell at Old Trafford came to an end over a decade ago.
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But with time catching up to that majestic duo, Salah has emerged as a candidate to fill their spot at the summit of world football.
Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford sets the stage for the Egyptian wizard to settle the argument with another show-stealing performance.
By delivering in the of the world’s biggest games, up against one of the world’s biggest stars, Salah could go some way to putting that debate to bed.
The Reds talisman has been the best player in the Premier League by some distance over the past few years.
Few stars have been able to match his consistency in England since his Anfield arrival from AS Roma back in 2017 – and it’s hard to think of anyone in the world who has outperformed him this year.
But Messi and Ronaldo in their prime took their consistency for goals and assists to another level – elevating their returns above anything that any Premier League star over the past decade could even dream of.
Although Salah eclipsed Ronaldo’s best ever goal-scoring season for United in his first season at Anfield, his tally of 44 goals in all competitions still falls some way short of Ronaldo’s best ever tally – a whopping 61 for Real Madrid.
The Portuguese icon regularly broke the 50-goal barrier during his nine-year spell in La Liga.
But Salah’s roaring start to the season, with 12 goals in just 11 games, has given him a chance of reaching those kinds of ridiculous returns this year.
Ronaldo may be in the twilight of his career now at 36, but he’s still the main man at Old Trafford.
It’s not the Ronaldo that Salah will face on Sunday that he’s competing against, but the Ronaldo who dazzled the world during his remarkable career.
There’s already an argument that perhaps Salah brings more to the table than Ronaldo did in terms of his work off the ball.
The 29-year-old’s intense pressing and high-octane running are a world away from the current day Ronaldo – although there could be an argument that it even eclipsed Ronaldo’s work off the ball in his prime.
For his manager, though, there’s no debate. He remains adamant that he’s already coaching the best player in the world – and has backed him to continue his career like Ronaldo due to his professionalism and dedication.
“Yes,” said Klopp when asked if he believed Salah can emulate the United veteran’s longevity in the game. “You need luck, because things like injuries and stuff can happen, but I think the professionalism of both is the one thing you can compare 100%, and can say it is probably the same.
“Mo is incredibly professional. He is really the first one in and very, very often the last out of all the players. He is constantly interested in all the things he can do and has to do to keep or improve his standard.
“All of these kind of things he has…and I think he still has a lot (more) to give, 100%.”
Based on the season so far, it’s hard to disagree with the Reds’ chief.
And it might be impossible for anyone to if Salah can continue his remarkable run in a fixture which is up there with the biggest in world football.
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