Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has lauded Mohamed Salah’s performances and likens him to Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and not Lionel Messi.
The former Basel winger has scored 31 goals in his first season for the Reds to leave Liverpool faithfuls overwhelmed, but the fact that he scores with his left foot and has a low centre of gravity has led fans to compare him to Barcelona all time highest goal scorer Lionel Messi.
But writing in the Telegraph , Carragher reveals why Mohamed Salah is more of Ronaldo than Messi.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is the prime example of how the role (of wide forward) has changed,” wrote Carragher.
“When he joined Manchester United he liked hugging the touchline, performing his step-overs and terrorising right-backs.
“Now he is completely different player, a goalscorer more than provider. He is disappointed if he comes off the pitch and has not scored.
“He does not want to be indulging in his party tricks out wide because he cannot shoot from there, so his game is all about cutting inside and getting into the penalty area to swell those extraordinary numbers.
“That is why although there has been some comparisons made between Salah’s style and that of Lionel Messi, obviously he is not at the level of either Messi or Ronaldo yet, but the Liverpool forward has more of Ronaldo’s approach about him.
“Messi likes to come deeper for the ball and involve himself in the build-up. That is not Salah’s way.
“He has the mindset of a prolific striker, as demonstrated by how disappointed he is whenever he is substituted late in a match as he craves more goals.
“It is refreshing to see.”
Up next for Salah and Liverpool is a Premier League match against Rafa Benitez Newcastle side at Anfield on Saturday evening, a win would take the Reds to second in the English Premier League table.