WASHINGTON, March 20 (MENA) - Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is the first Egyptian to score four or more in Europe's top five leagues in the 21st century, CNN reported on Tuesday.
Ronaldo was not the only player to hit the headlines with four goals in a single game across Europe's top five leagues this weekend.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah took his tally to 36 in just 41 appearances, putting Watford to the sword in a 5-0 home victory - the sixth time Klopp's men have scored five or more this season.
The 25-year-old is now the outright top scorer in Europe's top five leagues, leaving Reds players past and present at a loss for new superlatives.
"I think it's indescribable. The goals he brings are invaluable and he's just so good to play with," said defender Joe Gomez.
LIVERPOOL, March 18, 2018 (News agencies) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes comparisons between Mohamed Salah and Barcelona’s five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi are premature, but that the Egyptian is on hiway to one day becoming the best player in the world.
Salah’s stunning season continued with a four-goal haul in a 5-0 thrashing of Watford at Anfield to take his tally for the season to 36 - the most goals ever scored by a Liverpool player in their debut year at the club.
The Egypt international is now in pole position to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer, with his four goals taking him four clear of Harry Kane who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.
Salah became the first Egyptian to score a super hat-trick in the Premier League and the first player to score a hat-trick under Klopp management.
Also, Salah is now the outright top goal scorer in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues this season with 28 goals scored. The 25-year-old has now scored the most goals (37) in a debut season for Liverpool across all competitions. The second is Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres with 33 goals and the third is Barcelona’s Luis Suarez with 31 goals.
Messi showed why he is still widely considered the world’s best by scoring his 100th Champions League goal in tearing Chelsea apart in a 3-0 win on Wednesday.
But Klopp believes Salah, 25, has time on his side to succeed Messi and Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, both now in their thirties, as the world’s best player.
“I think Mo is on the way (to being the best in the world),” said Klopp.
“I don’t think Mo or anybody else wants to be compared with Lionel Messi. He is the one who is doing what he’s doing for what feels like 20 years or so.”
And Klopp challenged Salah to maintain the standards he has set this season in the manner Messi and Ronaldo have for the past decade.
“As it always is in life, if you have the skills, you have to show that constantly, and consistently he is very good and he helps us a lot.”
Salah even defied the slippery conditions of a snow storm as he weaved his way past Jose Holebas to slot home the opener after just four minutes.
“Conditions were difficult. It was obviously slippery and everybody suffered, but not Mo in that situation. It was really special,” added Klopp.
Liverpool had to wait until two minutes before half-time to double their advantage, but there was no surprise who was on the end of a sweeping team move as Salah got his second of the evening from Andy Robertson’s inch-perfect cross.
Watford have now lost nine and drawn one of their last 10 away games. And manager Javi Gracia admitted his side had been completely outclassed.
“We know we play against one of the best teams in Europe at this moment and they were much better than us,” said the Spaniard.
“We need to compete with the best 11 we can and it was not the best performance for us.”
Salah turned provider immediately after the break when his cross was wonderfully backheeled past Karnezis by Roberto Firmino.
The Egyptian made it 4-0 with 13 minutes remaining as, despite falling over, he managed to slide the ball past Karnezis.
And he then capped off a brilliant personal performance in the dying seconds, thrashing into the roof of the net after Karnezis had fumbled Danny Ings’ shot.
It was a wonderful day at Anfield as Liverpool managed to put five past Watford, but none were able to contribute more than the Premier League’s top scorer.
“I have to thank everyone but mainly my team-mates, without them I couldn’t reach this number,” Mo Salah told BT Sport, as reported by BBC Sport.
“Each game we try to win the three points, but every game I want to score and help the team. But tonight the most important thing is three points.”
While it’s always great to hear how this season’s key player feels about his own majestic performances, he was keen to bring the focus back to the team, adding that “we showed a good reaction after the last game. We had a good result and clean sheet - that’s most important.”
Andy Robertson was also keen to praise the man of the match. After providing an excellent assist for the Egyptian, Liverpool’s Scottish left back stated that Mo Salah “keeps on scoring, and what he’s doing this season is phenomenal”. Robertson was also pleased with the general performance, adding that it was “massive for us to get a clean sheet”.
Mo Salah has been a clear revelation this season, smashing expectations based around a relatively low transfer fee (at least in the incredibly inflated post-Neymar reality) and an unfair “Chelsea reject” tag.
While the inevitable talk of whether Liverpool can fend off the richer clubs is surely to come, there’s no question that we can all enjoy his form right now.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez felt unable to find the suitable superlatives to describe Salah’s latest exhibition of goalscoring genius. In doing so, Salah surpassed Fernando Torres for the most prolific debut campaign in club history – with a minimum of nine matches still remaining this season.
Even with a closer view than most of the No.11’s exploits, Gomez admitted it is a struggle to adequately summarise the forward’s influence in this Reds team.
“I think it’s indescribable. The goals he brings are invaluable and he’s just so good to play with,” the defender told Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle. “He complements the team so well, and Bobby and Sadio, they deserve all the credit as well.
“It’s a pleasure to play with him, especially behind him on that side feeding him the ball – and he does what he does. He’s special to watch and I think we enjoy it on the pitch as much as everyone else does.”
Salah was quick to credit his teammates’ contribution to his personal form following the four-goal haul, the first of its kind for Liverpool since Luis Suarez’s quartet against Norwich City in December 2013.
The 25-year-old’s humble nature underpins his quality, according to Gomez. “We have quite a good relationship off the pitch, with our squad numbers we sit next to each other. He’s just a positive person and a great guy to be around, he’s always smiley and happy,” he said.
“That shows on the pitch, he just enjoys his football and just gets on the ball and enjoys doing what he does. It’s a pleasure to be around and a breath of fresh air.”
Roberto Firmino was the other scorer on a snowy night in L4, with his 23rd strike of the season – created by Salah – setting a new best for the Brazilian in a single campaign in his career.
The duo and Sadio Mane have now struck 73 goals between them this term. “They all complement each other so well. [That] front three, anyone in the world would fear them,” insisted Gomez.
“They all show their quality in so many different ways and just the fact that [Salah] has so many assists as well shows that he’s bringing more than just his goals. The whole team has got so much quality and depth – it’s a great side.”
The England international made his first Premier League start since the win at Huddersfield Town in late January, helping to secure a clean sheet against the Hornets.
And he lifted the lid on the level of determination within the side to respond after the defeat against Manchester United at the first opportunity.
“We knew immediately after the game at Old Trafford [that] we were disappointed and we had to bounce back,” added Gomez.
“That attitude has shown throughout the week and we were all eager to make it right. It showed that everyone was up for it, as we always are, but everyone wanted to bounce back in the best way possible.”
NYON, March 16, 2018 (Reuters) - Manchester City will face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League (CL) quarter-final while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final.
Surprise qualifiers Sevilla take on Bayern Munich while Barcelona were paired with AS Roma in the draw made in Nyon on Friday.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side will host Pep Guardiola’s City at Anfield for the first leg, either on April 3 or April 4 as the sides meet for the first time in Europe.
It will also be the first meeting of two English sides in the last eight of the Champions League since Chelsea played Manchester United in the 2010-2011 season.
City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We know each other very well, they are a very offensive team, the truth is it is going to be a great couple of games and we are going to see good football.”
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real teammates will be happy to be playing the second leg of their tie at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium against Juventus, whose experience proved lethal to English club Tottenham in the last 16.
Bayern, aiming to win Europe’s top club crown for the sixth time, face Sevilla, the surprise slayers of Manchester United in the last round, but goalkeeper Sven Ulreich said they were relieved to avoid one of their major rivals.
“There are harder draws. It’s doable, but Sevilla have shone in Europe and they have won three Europa Leagues,” Ulreich said.
“So we’ll be very focused when we go over there (for the first leg) and then we’ll do the business at home.”
MANCHESTER, March 10, 2018 (AP) - Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 24 minutes of his first start of 2018 before Manchester United held on for a 2-1 win over fierce rival Liverpool to strengthen its second place in the Premier League on Saturday.
In a typically frenetic match between England's two biggest teams historically, Liverpool failed to handle United's aggressive and direct start as two long balls forward resulted in goals from the 20-year-old Rashford in the 14th and 24th minutes.
Lackluster in the first half, Liverpool improved and reduced the deficit through an own-goal by Eric Bailly but couldn't manage an equalizer, slipping five points behind United in the race for second place behind Manchester City.
Having also beaten Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford two weeks ago, United looks increasingly assured of a Champions League qualifying spot through a top-four finish. Jose Mourinho's side is 12 points clear of fifth-place Chelsea, which played later Saturday.
LONDON, March 9, 2018 (Reuters) — Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah picked up his second Premier League player of the month award this season while Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was named manager of the month for February.
Salah, 25, scored four goals and assisted two more in February to win claim the honour for the second time in four months.
The Egypt international helped the Merseyside club to two wins and a draw to help their push for a top four spot.
Hughton guided promoted Brighton to home wins over West Ham United and Swansea City apart from a draw with Stoke City last month to win the Premier League award for the first time.
LIVERPOOL, March 8, 2018 - Mohamed Salah has been rated as the current best player in Europe.
The Egyptian winger has had a sensational season for Liverpool, scoring 32 goals in all competitions.
He was given a rare rest against Porto in midweek but will return to the starting line-up at Old Trafford on Saturday , reports the Liverpool Echo.
The boffins at CIES Football Observatory – a football thinktank based in Switzerland – have released their rankings for performances over the past month, placing the Egyptian top.
Calculated based on OPTA data, as well as according to the 'technical performance' achieved in domestic league matches in Europe's top five leagues, the Liverpool star leads the way with a score of 98.7.
But club team-mate Roberto Firmino is not far behind in third, while both Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk sit in the top 10.
That means four of Jurgen Klopp's side have been star performers over the past month – three of them recent arrivals in the transfer market.
It is Salah who gains top billing however, beating Cristiano Ronaldo, who sits in second.
The 25-year-old has seen him notch against Southampton, West Ham and Newcastle – while he also bagged in the Champions League against Porto, although that does not count towards the calculation.
His stunning debut campaign has led to CIES valuing him at 162.8million euros (£145.3million). The valuation, based on a unique algorithm drawn up by the Swiss number crunchers, sees him as the seventh most valuable player in Europe.
Liverpool signed the winger from Roma last summer for £36.9million, putting his current value at over four times what the club paid for him to bring him to Anfield.