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Mohamed Salah: Is Liverpool’s Egyptian star the best player in the world right now?

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Mohamed Salah: Is Liverpool’s Egyptian star the best player in the world right now?

After his electric return to the Premier League with Liverpool, Mohamed Salah has quickly established himself as one of best, if not currently the best, players in world football, writes Martyn Cooke.

If I were to ask you who the best football player in the world is right now, who would you suggest?

Lionel Messi? Cristiano Ronaldo? Neymar?

It is hard to argue with those illustrious names. All three have performed consistently well throughout the season and are central to the success of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively.

They provide goals, creativity, innovation and technical brilliance on a weekly basis and they are rightly regarded as three of the most iconic players of their generation.

Let me throw another name into the mix – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

When the Egyptian forward arrived at Anfield in the summer there were few people that would have envisaged the remarkable impact that he has had both on the Premier League and in the Champions League this season.

In fact, there were raised eyebrows in some quarter’s that Jurgen Klopp had elected to spend £34 million on a player who had ‘flopped’ during his previous spell in English football with Chelsea three years previously.

However, Salah returned to the Premier League in the summer a vastly improved player when compared to the one that had to rebuild his career in Italy with Roma and Fiorentina.

The 25-year-old is now a genuine world class talent and his form throughout the current campaign has been nothing short of remarkable.

Salah has scored 31 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions this season and few other players have performed with the consistency and quality that the Egyptian has produced during his debut year at Anfield.

He has racked up 23 goals in the Premier League, at the time of writing equal with leading goal scorer Harry Kane, and is the second quickest player in Liverpool’s history to find the net 30 times for the club, with the record being held by George Allen in 1896.

To put Salah’s goal scoring feats into context, he has found the net more times this season for his club than Messi (30 goals), Ronaldo (28 goals) and Neymar (26).

Maybe the notion that he is one of the best players in the world this year, based on form, is not such a bold claim after all.

Salah appears to be the complete package.

The Egyptian has pace, strength and agility which is coupled with technical brilliance, creativity and a prolific instinct in front of goal.

He creates opportunities for other with his dynamic runs, intelligent movement and innovative passes whilst he has demonstrated throughout the campaign that he has the ability to convert any chances that are provided for him – whether they be 30-yard thunderbolts, mazy sola runs or calm finishes when face to face with a goalkeeper.

It is little wonder that Klopp places so much faith in the 25-year-old.

The Egyptian has helped to fire Liverpool to second in the Premier League table whilst the Reds are almost certain of progressing to the quarter finals of the Champions League having beaten Porto by five goals in the first leg of their last-sixteen tie.

There certainly seems to be no stopping Salah this campaign and it will intriguing to see if he can maintain his high level of performance over a prolonged period of time that covers two or three seasons.

If he can, then Liverpool will certainly enhance their chances of lifting silverware.

So, let me ask you again, who is the best football player in the world right now?

Maybe Mohamed Salah is worthy of consideration …

Martyn Cooke

Martyn is currently a PTA and Research Assistant in the Department of Exercise Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). In addition to his teaching role he is also undertaking a PhD in Sports History that is exploring the origins and development of football in Staffordshire. Prior to working at MMU, Martyn spent a decade operating in the sport and leisure industry in a variety of roles including as a Sports Development Officers, PE Teacher, Football Coach and Operation Manager.

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