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'Please don't': Some rival fans react to TalkSport pundit's 'strange' Mo Salah comments

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Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara compared Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to Lionel Messi on TalkSport yesterday and fans of rival Premier League clubs aren’t too pleased.

The Egyptian has arguably been the best player in the world since the start of this season. He has scored nine goals and has provided three assists in just nine starts, which is truly a phenomenal record.

Salah is undoubtedly the best player in the Premier League at this moment, but O’Hara has made an even bigger claim. He believes Salah is the closest thing football fans have seen in recent years that’s comparable to prime Lionel Messi.

Jamie O’Hara: Salah is the closest thing to Messi

He said on TalkSport: “He is the best player in the world for me.

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“If you are looking at a player, who is playing at the peak of his powers, I can’t get away from anyone, I can’t look at anyone and think they are doing better than Mo Salah because not only he is doing in in the Premier League, which is the best league in the world, he is doing it in big games.

“That performance against Manchester City was absolutely outstanding. His goal was outstanding.

“I think, this is a big statement and I do not want to go out and sort of go like two-footed early doors, but I think he is the closest thing to Lionel Messi that we have seen.

“Since Messi’s prime, since Messi’s era and his prime, if you’re looking at another player who comes close to him in terms of a type of player like Messi, I think it’s Mo Salah.

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Rival fans are baffled

O’Hara’s statement has caused a storm on Twitter. Liverpool fans absolutely love him now for what he has said, but supporters of rival clubs can’t believe that the former Spurs man has compared Salah to the greatest player of our generation.

In O’Hara’s defence, the TalkSport pundit didn’t directly compare the two players. He just said Salah is the closest thing to Messi in terms of the type of player he is. That’s understandable considering that they’re both left-footed right-wingers and are the best players of their respective teams.

However, fans on Twitter are far from happy about O’Hara’s words. One supporter even labelled his comments as ‘strange’. Here’s how a few of them reacted on the social media site…

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