‘Salah reminds me of Ronaldo and can take over from Messi’
So says one of Liverpool’s old foes, Manchester United stalwart Gary Neville.
Give Me Sport quote him as telling Sky Sports Monday Night Football :
“You think about the mentality difference between Mane and Salah.
“Mane is likeable. I think the players probably love him, he gives his all every single day, he’ll do the selfless thing for the team.
“Then you look at Salah over the other side. He doesn’t pass sometimes to his team-mates. He’s a little bit more selfish and a little bit less likeable because of that, probably to the fans and to his own team-mates.
“But then, I look at him as an outsider and I’m thinking that he is an absolute killer on the pitch.
“It reminds me of the twin tracking of [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Wayne] Rooney in the mid-2000s. That’s where Mane and Salah are now.
“I think Salah will end up going above Mane, not because Mane’s not a great player, he is a great player as Rooney was, but the reason players [like Salah or Ronaldo] are different is that they have something up here which means that they go home at night and being the best player in the world rocks their world, whereas a Rooney or a Mane, they feel that the team’s got to win, I’ve got to give my all, I’ll fight for my team-mates. Salah doesn’t do that.”
With Cristiano Ronaldo now 35 and Lionel Messi 33, the opportunity to take over as the best player in the world is there for a handful of superstars.
And Neville believes Salah is definitely in that bracket.
“[Kylian] Mbappe, he’s fantastic. Neymar, he’s a bit up and down a bit… Where is the best player in the world going to be in the next couple of years?”
“Salah is not far away from it anyway, but to me on Saturday he looked like an absolutely different level.”