Arsene Wenger has praised Mohamed Salah this week and drawn comparisons with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. When speaking to Jurgen Klopp on beIN Sports, the former Arsenal boss focused how impressed he has been with the Liverpool forward in recent weeks.
Speaking after Wednesday’s victory over Monterrey, Wenger said: ”I like his evolution. Because he had touches last night of a play-maker. He created chances around the box that are exceptional, (there were shades) of Messi in him last night and I like that a guy who can score so many goals also becomes the guy who gives assists.
”That is a complete player. That’s what we all admire and what we want from our players.”
Salah has not been as prolific in front of goal this season but has added a new dimension to his game. He has scored 13 goals so far this term and provided seven assists, just three less than his season total last year.
Wenger’s comments can be seen as a huge compliment. He has years of experience managing top players and knows a world-class player when he sees one. The comparison of Salah to Messi pleased Klopp, who was also keen to praise the Egyptian.
”Very good, very good experiences [with Salah] but the most positive was on the training ground – sensationally good. On the pitch, he’s great, really, really good.”
Salah has been a key part of a Liverpool side who have returned as one of the world’s greatest clubs. His form will be crucial if Liverpool are to finally win a Premier League title.