Phil Thompson: Mohamed Salah debut season must be dream for him
The Egyptian winger has hit the ground running after joining the Reds from Roma last summer, bagging 36 goals to his name and becoming the English Premier League’s current top scorer with 28 goals.
Thompson believes that Salah’s debut with Liverpool is unreal compared to any attacker saying, “It has been the best ever debut season for an attacker and it is just astronomical what he is doing. It must be a dream for him and I imagine he will barely be able to understand what has happened.”
“He’s come from Italy to a league which is supposed to be tougher and more physical and he’s finding it a pushover. It has just been everything Liverpool could have hoped for.”
The former England defender compared 25-year-old’s campaign with Luis Suarez’s 30-goal final season at the club.
“The thing everybody loved about Suarez was his intensity and he was aggressive, whereas while Mo is intense with his closing down he’s not as aggressive.” He told Skysports.”However, this is as good if not better, especially because it is his first season here whereas Suarez was in the league for a few seasons before really producing.”
Thompson also spoke about the comparisons being made between Salah and Lionel Messi as well as the difficulty of maintaining that record-breaking performance.
“Obviously all the comparisons to Lionel Messi are being made because of that low centre of gravity and the way the ball sticks to his left foot, but Messi has obviously delivered consistently at the highest level,”
“We’ve lauded it on Salah but greatness is something that comes over the seasons and it will maybe be harder next season as defenders get wiser to him.
“There’s been a lot of players who have second-season syndrome, so it will be interesting to see if he hits the ground running after the summer.” He concluded.
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