Aldridge: What Salah has done outdoes Suarez, took Liverpool to different level
Former Liverpool forward John Aldridge has compared Mohamed Salah to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, saying the Egyptian can score 40+ goals this season.
The Egyptian international has been on fire this season, scoring 36 goals while providing 12 assists in 41 games across all competitions.
Salah is a clear runner for the English Premier League Golden Boot award, four goals clear of Harry Kane with the Englishman out injured until April at minimum.
He has a massive opportunity to become the first African player to win the award since Didier Drogba, who won it twice in 2007 and 2010, and is only two goals away from breaking the Ivorian’s record as the highest scoring African in a single league campaign (29).
And Aldridge says Mohamed Salah reminds him of Luis Saurez during his last campaign at Liverpool, when the Uruguayan contributed to 55 goals [31 goals and 24 assists] in 37 games.
“You run out of superlatives trying to describe the brilliance of Mohamed Salah,” Aldridge wrote on Liverpool Echo.
“His performance against Watford on Saturday was remarkable. It was one of those games where I didn’t actually think we played particularly well.
“On most other occasions it probably would have been a routine 2-0 win but Salah just took us to a different level.
“The biggest compliment I can pay him is that he reminds me of Luis Suarez in 2013/14. There are also shades of Lionel Messi with his movement and the way he humiliates defenders.
The 59-year-old went on to praise Salah, saying the Egyptian has outshone Suarez: “Suarez produced the best season I’ve ever seen from a Liverpool striker.
“He created a lot of goals for himself out of nothing, but I think what Salah has done this season outdoes Suarez. For a winger to have 36 goals in the middle of March is just mad.
“He’s probably not got enough games left to beat Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a season, but he should certainly get to 40,” he concluded.
Mohamed Salah has earned many plaudits this season for his impressive performances from people all over the world and Liverpool will be hoping to hold on to him for as long as they can.
The Egyptian winger is currently on international duty ahead of the friendlies against Portugal and Greece on March 23 and March 27 respectively.
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