Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Liverpool 5, Watford 0: The King of Egypt Claims A New Crown

Liverpool 5, Watford 0: The King of Egypt Claims A New Crown

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes comparisons between Mohamed Salah and Barcelona's five-time Ballon d'Or victor Lionel Messi are premature, but that the Egyptian is on his way to one day becoming the best player in the world. I don't think that Mo or anybody else wants to be compared with Lionel Messi. The last player that I know who had that influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona I think, another Argentine guy.

Salah has scored 36 goals for Liverpool in all competitions since joining from Roma a year ago - the most by any player in a debut season with the Reds.

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes "we are witnessing the start of greatness".

Four minutes into the second period Roberto Firmino, assisted by another mazy run by Salah, made it 3-0 with an audacious finish.

All of Salah's goals were absolutely brilliant and he even recreated some Lionel Messi magic to leave one Watford defender on his back.

But Salah remains humble about his talents, thanking his team-mates and saying a clean sheet against Javi Gracia's side was "most important".

"Mo is on a fantastic way. but how it always is in life, if you have the skills then you have to show it constantly", Klopp added. "The boys love playing together with him".

At 25, Salah has a long way to go to match Messi's achievements. Sadio Mané, who was much more comfortable in a slightly deeper playmaking role on the day than last week at United, linked up with the scintillating Andrew Robertson over the course of five touches of the ball with the Scotsman placed an exquisite first time ball into the window of uncertainty across the edge of the six-yard box for the Egyptian winger to prod home for a rare right-footed brace.

In less than hospitable conditions as swirling snow and a freezing wind blew through Anfield, the Liverpool fans at least had Salah to warm their spirits as he took his tally for an incredible debut season at Liverpool to 36 in all competitions.

It will be an all-English affair when Liverpool and Premier League champions-elect City go head-to-head in the quarter-finals of Europe's elite club competition. The Egyptian fully deserves all the plaudits he gets, and PFA Player of the Year is definitely on the cards.

Salah was in inspirational form at Anfield on Saturday, scoring four times and setting up a goal for Roberto Firmino as the Reds won 5-0.

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