In the latest Liverpool news, manager Jurgen Klopp believes winger Mohamed Salah is “on his way” to Lionel Messi comparisons.
Salah scored four times against the Hornets to take his goalscoring tally for the season to 36, the highest in the top five Europeans leagues, ahead of Messi, Spurs’ Harry Kane and Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.
The Egyptian made the switch to Liverpool for around £37million from Serie A outfit AS Roma in the summer, a move which is increasingly being hailed as a bargain transfer.
The 25-year-old winger, who formerly had an unsuccessful spell with Chelsea, took just four minutes to open his tally versus Javi Gracia’s men and looked unstoppable form there.
Despite Klopp’s comparisons, the German says Salah is the type of player who will just focus on his own game.
“I don’t think Mo wants to be compared with Lionel Messi,” he said.
“Messi has been doing what he’s been doing for what feels like 20 years or so.
“The last player I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona.
“But Mo is in a fantastic way, that’s for sure. As it always is in life, if you have to have the skills you have to show that constantly and consistently, and he is very good.”
Salah’s tally of 36 goals has already beaten the club record for the number of goals in a debut season.
His Premier League stats stand on 28, and with Harry Kane likely to be out of action for the next month, the in-form Salah has a clear run in the short term to try and pick up the Golden Boot award, and will clearly fancy his chances.
Klopp has also praised Salah for the impact he has had on his team mates since joining.
“Mo is in a fantastic way, that’s for sure,” Klopp added. “The boys love playing together with him, and he loves playing with them.”