Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has drawn comparisons between Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, and Ballon d’Or holder Lionel Messi.
Liverpool roll on
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds got their Club World Cup campaign underway a little over 24 hours ago.
The European champions went head-to-head with Mexican outfit Monterrey in the competition’s semi-finals.
The matchup came as one of two fixtures in the space of 24 hours for Liverpool, with the Merseyside giants having also taken on Aston Villa in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
As a result of their wide-ranging commitments, the Premier League table-toppers were forced to split the club’s squad into two groups, with Reds U23 boss Neil Critchley having overseen a 2nd-string panel being put to the sword by 5 goals to nil at Villa Park.
The club’s senior players, though, proved more successful in Qatar.
.A testing 90 minutes for Liverpool versus Monterrey eventually saw the former emerge with a 2-1 win.
The in-form Naby Keita put the English giants ahead with 12 minutes on the clock, before Rogelio Funes Mori quickly pulled underdogs Monterrey level.
But, as they have previously done on numerous occasions over the early months of the season, Liverpool found an extra gear when it mattered most, going on to bag an injury-time winner through Roberto Firmino.
‘Shades of Messi’
While he didn’t manage to find the net in his side’s CWC opener, Mohamed Salah nevertheless again played a key role in Liverpool’s victory last night.
The Egyptian set up Naby Keita’s opener with a pinpoint reverse pass, notching his 7th assist of the campaign in the process.
This is to go along with a 13-goal haul across all competitions.
And one individual who feels as though Salah’s role as a creator is evidence of his constant ‘evolution’ is Arsene Wenger.
Speaking on beIN Sports on the back of last night’s matchup, former Arsenal boss Wenger went as far as to liken the 27-year-old to world’s finest Lionel Messi:
‘I like his evolution. 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.’
‘That is a complete player. That’s what we all admire and what we want from our players.’