‘I see things of Messi in him’: Arsene Wenger compares Mohamed Salah to Barcelona superstar as he discusses Liverpool’s Club World Cup semi-final win with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp
- Mohamed Salah has kept up his scintillating form for Liverpool this season
- The Egyptian star has scored 13 goals and made seven assists across 23 games
- Arsene Wenger called Salah ‘a complete player’ and likened him to Lionel Messi
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Salah for his attitude at the club
Salah has kept up his scintillating form for the Premier League leaders this campaign, netting 13 goals in 23 appearances across all competitions, as well as seven assists.
The 27-year-old also provided the assist for Naby Keita’s opener in the Reds’ 2-1 win over Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has likened Mohamed Salah to Barca star Lionel Messi
The Frenchman was discussing Salah’s Club World Cup performance with Jurgen Klopp
The Liverpool boss heaped praise on Salah’s attitude since joining the club from AS Roma
And Wenger, who is vastly experienced in mentoring superstars of his own, heaped praise on the star’s development as a provider, as well as a goalscorer.
‘I like his evolution,’ Wenger said to beIN Sports.
‘Because he had touches last night (against Monterrey) of a playmaker.
‘He created chances around the box that are exceptional, (there were shades) of Messi in him last night and I like that a guy who can score so many goals also becomes the guy who gives assists.
The 27-year-old has scored 13 goals and made seven assists in 23 games in all competitions
Barca star Messi has scored 14 goals and made nine assists in just 17 games so far this season
‘That is a complete player. That’s what we all admire and what we want from our players.’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp commented on his two seasons coaching the Egyptian forward, who arrived in England with a point to prove following his miserable spell under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
‘Very good, very good experiences [with Salah] but the most positive was on the training ground – sensationally good,’ Klopp said.
‘On the pitch he’s great, really, really good.’
MESSI V SALAH STATS 2019-20
Minutes played: 1,380
Minutes played: 2,035