Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says, on current form, Mohamed Salah is the best player in the world after the Egyptian shone in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Watford.
After scoring one of the most memorable goals of recent years in the draw with Manchester City two weeks ago, Salah was at it again at Vicarage Road, scoring a breathtaking effort and setting up two other goals in the 5-0 win over Watford.
It was Salah’s 10th goal of the season – he has scored in Liverpool’s last eight games.
Klopp was in no mood for dampening down the praise afforded to Salah, calling him the best player in the world.
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He told BT Sport: “His performance was massive today. The pass for the first goal was great and the second goal was special. He is top. We all see it. Who is better than him? We don’t have to talk about what Messi and Ronaldo have done for world football and their dominance. But right now, he is the best.”
When asked for his assessment of the overall performance, Klopp added: “It was good! I cannot say differently. After the international break, it is hard to find the rhythm after playing different systems, but the boys were so good despite only having one session before today. I think Watford had ideas, but we didn’t let them play. The goals were really brilliant, there was great attitude, energy and character.”
Salah’s stunner: In his own words
Salah now has 12 goals and six assists in his last 15 Premier League appearances with his personal form hitting new levels of greatness. At times he was unplayable in the win – it was a performance that deserved a goal of such beauty.
When asked if he has ever scored a better goal than this one, he told BT Sport: “In the last game maybe! I don’t know which one was better, this one or the City one. Every time I’m in the box I’m trying to give the ball to someone to score, or I score by myself. It’s always about the team. I always try to play for the team. The most important thing today is we scored good goals, all of us in front scored. Hopefully we can carry on like that.
“Sometimes I don’t have luck to score goals. I’m just trying every time to give 100 per cent from what I have and trying to help the team. Sometimes I have luck, sometimes not. But I’m feeling confident at the moment, I feel like I’m scoring goals, helping the team to get points, which is the most important thing.”
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