Virgil van Dijk has claimed that Mohamed Salah has been ‘outstanding’ for Liverpool ever since he joined the club, as he told Premier League Productions (12/09/21 at 7:05 pm).
On Sunday, Salah joined the Premier League’s 100 club when he helped Liverpool secure a comfortable 3-0 win at Elland Road.
The Egypt international, who joined from Roma for £34 million in 2017 (BBC Sport), became the fifth-fastest player since 1992 to reach the feat, behind only the likes of Alan Shearer, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Theirry Henry.
There’s no doubt that the Reds have quite the team when they are able to put out their strongest XI and perhaps Van Dijk and Salah are the two standouts.
And Van Dijk did nothing but speak in awe of his fellow teammate and his record-setting weekend.
On Salah being the fifth fastest man to 100 Premier League goals: “Respect,” said Van Dijk.
“I think he is an incredible player for us. Since he joined the club, he has been outstanding.
“His work ethic is incredible, with everyone, but if you see the work they do up front, it makes it a lot easier for us in the back. The pressing they do.
“If you speak to other defenders of other teams, the pressing that we have sometimes. Where you beat one of our strikers, they come back. It’s difficult for anyone.”
What’s more incredible about Salah is that he didn’t drop off one bit during Liverpool’s struggles last season.
That’s a sign of a top, top player because many around him, including Sadio Mane, dipped off and struggled to get their engines going.
But for Salah, it’s like the Reds had their strongest defence playing week in and week out because he was at his sizzling best.
And to the surprise of nobody, he has brought that form into the new campaign.
Salah missed out on the Golden Boot to Harry Kane last season, but now he has two new faces in Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo to compete with for that title.