Mohamed Salah takes Liverpool to another level – outshining Luis Suarez era

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You run out of superlatives trying to describe the brilliance of Mohamed Salah.

His performance against Watford on Saturday was remarkable.

It was one of those games where I didn’t actually think we played particularly well.

On most other occasions it probably would have been a routine 2-0 win but Salah just took us to a different level.

The biggest compliment I can pay him is that he reminds me of Luis Suarez in 2013/14.

There are also shades of Lionel Messi with his movement and the way he humiliates defenders.

Suarez produced the best season I’ve ever seen from a Liverpool striker. He created a lot of goals for himself out of nothing, but I think what Salah has done this season outdoes Suarez.

For a winger to have 36 goals in the middle of March is just mad.

He’s probably not got enough games left to beat Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a season, but he should certainly get to 40.

With Harry Kane out injured, Salah is in the box seat to win the Golden Boot and that’s going to be an achievement he can really cherish.

I won it when we won the league title in 1987/88 and it’s always meant a great deal to me.

His hat-trick goal on Saturday was just brilliant, but I also loved his second goal because it was a great team move with Sadio Mane finding Andy Robertson, who delivered the perfect cross.

Salah timed his run perfectly and got himself a tap-in. Salah has that quick turn of direction which is ridiculously hard to defend against.

Miguel Britos will still be having nightmares about having to face Salah. Even Salah’s fourth goal was quality.

The way he followed up the shot from Danny Ings, I loved that opportunism. He reacted quicker than anyone else.

He’s playing so well that he’s bound to attract interest from rival clubs but I just hope his head doesn’t get turned.

I hope he appreciates what Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp have done for him.

There are only three clubs in world football who could afford him – Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG.

But the French league is so poor that you would only go to PSG for the money.

It’s always hard to say no to Barcelona or Real Madrid but Salah seems like a humble guy and he certainly looks happy where he is at the moment.

From Liverpool’s point of view, you can’t keep losing your best players and they have to do everything they possibly can to keep Salah at Anfield for as long as possible.

City tie is 50/50 but we’ve got to make Anfield atmosphere count

We didn’t want to get Manchester City in the quarter-final draw of the Champions League and they certainly didn’t want to get us.

But those are the cards we’ve been dealt and we have to get on with it. It’s a 50/50 call.

Possibly, it’s an advantage for them having the second leg at home but then again their ground doesn’t generate an atmosphere.

We have to make the first leg count. I’ve been lucky enough to experience some very special European nights at Anfield over the years where the place is rocking and we have to add Man City to the list.

Some of their players will shake when they feel the atmosphere we create. They won’t have heard anything quite like it.

There’s no reason for us to fear City. I know we lost heavily in the league at their place but until the Sadio Mane red card there was very little between the teams.

At Anfield we were 4-1 up and had chances to score more before we took our eye off the ball and let them get a couple back.

 

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