Mohamed Salah comparable to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in terms of consistency and longevity, according to the Liverpool Head Coach Jurgen Klopp.
Salah has been one of the Premier League’s star performers this season, scoring 16 goals in the process.
The forward, along with Messi and Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski, has been nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award for 2021.
Salah turns 30 in June, and Klopp said at a news conference on Wednesday when asked if the Mohamed Salah can achieve levels comparable to Ronaldo and Messi in the latter stages of his career “Yes, I believe so.
“It’s because of his temperament and determination, as well as the way he trains. His work mentality is fantastic; he’s always the first in and last out, and he always does the right thing.
“He knows what to do with his body, he listens to the specialists here, and he constantly strives to improve. He has worked so hard to get to where he is now, and he will not waste it by doing less. So, I’m as persuaded as you can be.”
Klopp was also questioned about Salah’s comments in GQ magazine on Tuesday, in which he stated of talks about a new deal with the club, “I’m not asking for crazy stuff.”
“These interviews are risky nowadays,” Klopp warned. “We all know Mo wants to stay, and I know he does. We’d like him to stay with us. That’s where we are right now. I can’t change the fact that these things take time. Everything is in its proper place.
He went on to say, “There are so many things in talks.” “With the agency, it’s also a third party. It’s nothing to be concerned about; it’s a typical occurrence.
“It’s something I’m confident in. The audience is not as jittery as you are. They’re familiar with the club and the individuals in charge here. We are powerless to intervene.”
Liverpool will play Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal on Thursday, after the first meeting at the Emirates was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Merseyside club.
Salah and Sadio Mane will miss the match since they are representing Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations. Trent Alexander-Arnold was back in contention for the encounter, but Thiago and Divock Origi were still out, according to Klopp.