Thierry Henry praises Mohamed Salah
Arsenal and Premier League legend Thierry Henry has said he feels that Liverpool may be the team to end Manchester City’s unbeaten run when they meet this weekend, while he also went on to praise Mohamed Salah.
The former French forward has explained that Liverpool will be a tricky test for City, despite the 5-0 loss for the Reds at the Etihad in the return fixture earlier this season.
“I would have liked to see that game without Mane getting sent off because Liverpool were well in the game before that and it would have been interesting” said Henry.
“The teams that created the most trouble to Man City are the teams are the bottom of the league. At the beginning of the Carabao Cup they played Wolverhampton and they went to the penalty kicks against them. We saw what happened with Bristol [City], Bournemouth, Southampton, West Ham and Huddersfield – they struggled against these type of teams. I do not know why because you would like to think they struggle against teams like Chelsea and the like.”
“We all know how they played against Chelsea, they just bossed the game. But Liverpool was the team that up until the sending-off you were like, ‘there is something here.'”
Henry then explained that all hope is not lost for Liverpool in the absence of Coutinho by saying “You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane – I mean, this is not a bad front three. You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10.”
Liverpool’s top scorer Mohamed Salah was also the subject of praise from Henry, as he added “I said at the beginning of the season he can be the new Coutinho – obviously I did not know that Coutinho was going to leave. What I like about him is that he is not bothered about coming to get the ball. He is constantly running behind you, and as right back or a centre back, you do not want to run that way the whole game. And that is all he does.”
He continued, “It is actually scary as look at the actual amount of goals he scores, but also look at the amount of goals he missed – one versus one, not easy goals at the end of the day, because they are not easy. But goals you would like to think that if he starts to work on his calmness, pose, do what you have to do, he is going to destroy teams even more so than what he is doing right now because I think he missed more goals than he scored. And the ones that he missed were easier than the ones he scored! I always have been a big fan, he is having an amazing season with Liverpool.”
Henry played under City’s manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona where they won the Champions League in 2009, and so he should know better than most what it takes to beat a Guardiola side.
Liverpool host the leaders on Sunday 14th of January in the afternoon.
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