Ian Wright raves about Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah after he scored twice against Leicester City.
Mohamed Salah scored two second-half goals as Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 against Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday.
The 25-year-old has now taken his goal tally to 17 for the Premier League season, just one behind Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. In addition, he has also registered five assists to his name.
Undoubtedly, he is Liverpool’s best Premier League scorer in a single season since Luis Suarez, and has scored the most goals (23) by a Reds player in all competitions before New Year since Roger Hunt in 1961-62.
He has turned out to be one of the signings of the season, and his exploits have earned him some high praise from former players and football pundits.
Former Arsenal player turned football pundit Ian Wright took this to a new level when he when he said in the BBC Match of the Day that the Egyptian reminds him of Barcelona great Lionel Messi.
“I'm not saying he is as good as who I am going to say but dare I say it,” said Wright in the BBC Match of the Day show.
“He reminds me of [Lionel] Messi, the scampering way he plays, he gives me a Messi-vibe.”
Football fans quickly reacted to Wright’s comments on Twitter, with many seeming to agree with the point the Arsenal legend has tried to convey.
It's just the way he moves. He's obviously nowhere near Messi but his movement looks very similar.— Ian C (@TikkaMoSalahLFC) December 30, 2017
He has better stats than Messi this season though— Craig Fisher (@1CraigFisher) December 30, 2017
Before you all start chatting shit ian wright said 'im not saying hes as good as the player im about to mention' 'but the way he plays gives me a messi vibe' couldnt agree more!— Jamie Williamson (@jamie_LFC_90) December 30, 2017
Didn’t like the way @GaryLineker dismissed the suggestion. Salah’s movement and way he is on the ball is so much like Messi. Not saying he’s as good as the great man by any stretch but there are similarities in his mannerisms...— Andrew Tobutt (@andrewjtobutt) December 30, 2017
Wright goes out of his way to say that he's not as good, but I can see what he means by the style, both left footed, low centre of gravity, great ball control. He's more like Arjen Robben in the fact that he's completely one footed though— Cameron H (@Camer0nLFC) December 30, 2017
He playing as good or if not better than Messi at the moment!— Sean Downey (@No1SeanDowney) December 30, 2017
I was thinking that when he scored his first , the jink and finish , Messi wasn’t your natural goal scorer and no he isn’t Messi but I do understand what Ian was on about— Robert Humphreys (@humph1986) December 30, 2017
He meant the way he plays; his pace and dribbling style. He's obviously not saying he is as good as Messi.— Daniel Williams (@gilliams101) December 30, 2017