Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been praised by teammate Dejan Lovren following the Egyptian’s Champions League performance on Tuesday night. Salah tallied two goals and two assists in the Reds’ 5-2 semifinal first leg win over Roma. The Reds now head to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for the return match next Wednesday.
Liverpool’ Mohamed Salah praised
Salah’s goals total went to 43 after his performance on Tuesday night. The winger’s two assists gave him 15 this term in just 47 matches. Salah has already won the PFA Player of the Year Award, and if he continues his current form, could land the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, teammate Lovren spoke about Salah and his special abilities.
“Mo is becoming a superstar,” Lovren told LiverpoolFC.com.
“It looks easy what he does, but it is very difficult. I don’t want to put any extra pressure on him and maybe this is not the right time, but if he continues like that he has every right to be regarded as one of the best three in the world at the end of the year.
“When people talk about [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi they should also talk about Salah. He deserves it, he deserves to be mentioned for the Ballon d’Or.
“At the start of the season I didn’t know he could do this, but you see how he is working, how he wants the ball, he is just a different player to what he was.
“I think our style helps him a lot. He didn’t play that way for Basel or Chelsea or Roma, but the way we can find him suits him perfectly. The most important thing now is for him to stay injury free. If he can do that, anything is possible.”
Liverpool did give up two late goals once Salah had been removed from the match. The team’s vulnerability without Salah once again shows just how important the player is.
The Reds will take on Roma on Wednesday night with a 5-2 aggregate advantage.