Liverpool star Salah is just two goals away from joining the Premier League 100 club, leading former Reds Joe Cole and Peter Crouch to hail the Egyptian for his performances
The Egyptian had a goal ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee for offside, though he played a key role as the Reds ran out comfortable winners thanks to strikes from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane.
It is set to take Salah just seven seasons to reach the landmark figure, though he has only been a regular starter in his five seasons at Liverpool, with Chelsea using him sparingly.
The 29-year-old’s impressive performances have drawn the plaudits of many during his time at Anfield, as he became arguably the Reds’ most important player.
His talents have not gone unnoticed by Cole, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea and spent three years with Liverpool.
The former midfielder hailed Salah, evening comparing his style of play to that of Messi’s, who is one of the best players in football’s history.
“He’s unbelievable. It didn’t work at Chelsea but he’s come back and become a fantastic player,” Cole told BT Sport.
“Do you know what I love about him? He’s so direct, he gets at players, no one’s like Messi but there’s an element to his game his left foot. So well balanced. Wonderful player.”
Crouch, who also spent three years at Anfield, agreed with his fellow pundit, labelling Salah as a ‘true great’ of the club.
“It’s an unbelievable record, he’s turned from a winger to become a ruthless goal scoring machine has been unbelievable,” he told BT Sport.
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“True Liverpool great. To get 100 goals in the same space of time as Henry they’re the types of players we’re talking about with Mo Salah.”
Much has been made in recent seasons about Salah’s, at-times, uneasy relationship with fellow attacker Mane.
Liverpool icon Michael Owen last season questioned whether the two had fallen out to such an extent that Mane was opting not to pass to his team-mate.
But Crouch dismissed the complaints that Salah is too selfish, stating that his style of play gives Liverpool a big chance of winning every game.
“He’s had a bit of stick at times and Mane’s been unhappy with how he’s been selfish at times,” Crouch said.
“But when you’ve got someone like that in your team you’re always in with a chance. He’s up there with the top players for sure.”
Liverpool will take on Salah’s former team Chelsea in their third game of the new season, with the attacker only needing two goals to take him into the 100 club.