Salah on that level behind Ronaldo, Messi, says Jamie Carragher
Salah scored two goals and provided one assist in Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town, becoming the first player to reach 20 goals in the Premier League this season and cemented his place on top of the goalscoring charts with 21 goals.
The game was Salah’s 100th in a Liverpool shirt and following his brace on Friday, the Egyptian has now had more goals (69) across all competitions than any Liverpool player has managed in their first century of games.
Meanwhile, Salah’s teammate Sadio Mane comes in second place in the top scoring charts with 20 strikes, with Aguero and Aubameyang sitting third with 19.
And this has left Carragher praising the Liverpool duo, believing that Salah’s current level is just behind the top two of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“They play as wide players but they have to get into the right positions to score goals. That battle for top scorer just shows the firepower in this Liverpool team at the moment,” Carragher told SkySports.
“Someone mentioned that you couldn’t believe some of the strikers Liverpool had, such as Michael Owen, had never scored 20 league goals in a season.
“These are wide strikers, they’re not right through the middle. Salah has at different times and Mane time and again, but they predominantly play wide and it shows the firepower in the team and the ability to score goals.
“What Salah has done here is put himself to a level where he is on that level behind the top two of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The goals he’s scored in the last two years, he’s right in amongst it.
“When you’re at a club and Suarez is the perfect example, or Torres, when you lose them you think how are you going to replace their goals.
“But I think the great clubs, great players will always come through. They’ll always find players again. It’s natural progression. To have so many so quickly for Liverpool is rare now, when you lose players to Barca and the like,” he added.
Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League table with 91 points, two more than Man City, who still have a game in hand. The Reds will now prepare for their anticipated encounter against Barcelona on the 1st of May in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
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