Steven Gerrard believes Suarez is a better forward than Salah
Steven Gerrard revealed that Suarez is his favorite forward to have worn the Reds’ shirt in the past couple of years, but believes Salah could have the upper hand if he continues his great form.
The former Liverpool midfielder has had the opportunity to play alongside some of the greatest forwards of the 21st century, including Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres and Barcelona’s Luis Suarez.
However this season, Mohamed Salah has broken a number of records, scoring 32 goals, just four behind Robbie Fowler’s tally in 1996, which is also the record for most goals scored by a Liverpool player in a single season.
The 37-year-old was asked which forward he prefers between Torres, Suarez and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.
“Fernando had a great phase at Liverpool but Suarez did it for longer and I believe if he was at Liverpool now he would still be hitting a 30 goal return,” the Liverpool legend told BT Sport.
“He also did an awful lot more away from the goals as well, assisting goals and the work rate he used to put in for the team. So for me, I’ll be biased towards Suarez.
“But if Salah goes on to continue to be consistent over a number of years and add silverware, that would give him an advantage over Torres and Suarez because they never won much,” he added.
The Egyptian winger already scored 32 goals for the Reds across all competitions beating by one goal Suarez’s best goalscoring record at the club and is only one goal away from equaling Torres’.
He also managed to equal Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor as the second-highest scoring African in a single league campaign (24), with Drogba just five goals away as we embark on the final chapter of the season.
Gerrard believes that the Egyptian’s form is due to Liverpool’s coach, Jurgen Klopp, tactics and good usage of the former Roma player.
“First and foremost, Klopp has him closer to the goal. We analysed him at the weekend, going into the Newcastle game and he’s receiving the ball a lot more in the opposition area,” he said.
“He makes great runs through central areas, in between full-backs and central defenders and when he gets in, he’s so confident at the moment and he’s so relaxed in front of goal. He’s finding the net all the time.”
Salah is currently the joint top Premier League scorer alongside Harry Kane with 24 goals, and will be hoping to become the only second African player to win the Golden boot after Didier Drogba, who won it twice in 2007 and 2010.
Liverpool are third in the Premier League with 60 points, and their next game will be against second-placed Manchester United on Saturday, March 10.
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