Mohamed Salah can be ‘as good as Messi and Ronaldo’, says Egypt team-mate

Updated 31 January 2018
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Mohamed Salah can be ‘as good as Messi and Ronaldo’, says Egypt team-mate

LONDON: Mohamed Salah will cement his place alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the world’s elite players this summer, Egypt team-mate Omar Gaber believes.
African Footballer of the Year Salah’s form for club and country in 2017 drew comparisons between Messi and Ronaldo after the forward became an instant hit for Liverpool in the Premier League and was integral to Egypt reaching their first World Cup since 1990.
The Pharaohs’ hopes of emerging from a group stage featuring Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and hosts Russia in the summer will rest largely on Salah’s shoulders after the 25-year-old netted five goals in six games during the decisive qualifying round.
But Gaber -— bidding to earn a place alongside Salah in Egypt’s World Cup squad — is confident that the Liverpool man will handle that responsibility and shine on the biggest stage.
Gaber said: “There’s no doubt for me that he’s one of the best three players in the world alongside Messi and Ronaldo, and he will show that in the summer.
“He had a lot of pressure on him that he had to take his country to the World Cup, but he did it. He really helped the national team to achieve this qualification.”
Gaber knows Salah well after they were both part of the same Egyptian team to play in the 2011 Under-20s World Cup.
And despite ex-Chelsea man Salah enjoying such a successful return to the Premier League after his £39 million ($55 million) summer move from Roma, Gaber insists it has not changed his character.
“He’s such a great, genuine guy and still so humble, despite all the goals he’s scored,” added the midfielder.


Liverpool return to top of the table with 3-1 win over arch-rivals Manchester United

Updated 16 December 2018
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Liverpool return to top of the table with 3-1 win over arch-rivals Manchester United

  • Shaqiri braces gives Reds deserved win over United at Anfield.
  • Mourinho's men well beaten as Liverpool leapfrog Manchester City ti return to top of the table.

LIVERPOOL: Two deflected Xherdan Shaqiri strikes handed Liverpool victory over Manchester United in the Premier League for the first time in nine attempts as Jurgen Klopp’s men moved back to the top of the table with a 3-1 win at Anfield on Sunday.
United manager Jose Mourinho claimed ahead of the game that the league leaders have had luck on their side this season, but while there was fortune in substitute Shaqiri’s two goals in the final 17 minutes, the visitors did not deserve anything more than a fifth defeat of the season.
Liverpool leapfrogged Manchester City to finish the weekend where they started, a point clear at the top, and move a mammoth 19 clear of United, who remain in sixth and are now 11 points off the top four.
The contrasting form showed by both sides this season continued as United strained to keep a rampant Liverpool at bay and were only level for so long thanks to a huge error by home goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead before Jesse Lingard levelled when Alisson dropped a routine cross at the feet of the England international.
United had the ball in the net first on a rare foray forward but Romelu Lukaku was flagged offside despite not getting a touch to Ashley Young’s free-kick.
But Liverpool then laid siege to the visitors’ goal with David de Gea stretching to keep out a low drive from Roberto Firmino, Young clearing off the line and Fabinho firing wide from the edge of the box.
Only Manchester City have kept Klopp’s side from scoring in the Premier League this season and a United defense that has kept just one clean sheet in the league since September never looked capable of holding out like they had in their two previous visits to Anfield.
Mourinho’s men were finally breached when Mane controlled Fabinho’s chipped ball into the box on his chest and volleyed past the onrushing De Gea.
However, Liverpool’s momentum was punctured by an Alisson gift 12 minutes before the break.
The Brazilian was Liverpool’s hero with an injury-time save to secure the Reds’ place in the last 16 of the Champions League against Napoli on Tuesday.
But he spilled Lukaku’s simple cross into the path of the grateful Lingard to bundle the ball into an unguarded net.
The second half followed a similar pattern with one-way traffic toward the Kop as Liverpool sought the goal to take them back to the top of the table.
De Gea scrambled low to his left to palm Firmino’s prodded effort to safety, while Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk saw efforts deflected behind.
Jurgen Klopp turned to Shaqiri to unlock the United defense 20 minutes from time and the Swiss international needed just three to put Liverpool back in front.
De Gea did well to prevent Ander Herrera turning Mane’s cross into his own net, but the ball fell for Shaqiri and his effort cannoned off Young and in off the underside of the bar.
Seven minutes later, Shaqiri got lucky again when, this time on his favored left foot, his shot flicked off the diving Eric Bailly to leave De Gea helpless.