Everton ace Andros Townsend doesn’t agree with the assessment Liverpool talisman Mo Salah is the “closest thing we’ve got” to PSG superstar Lionel Messi, speaking to talkSPORT (4 October, 8.30am).
Salah isn’t the only left-footed right winger enjoying a superb start to the Premier League season on Merseyside.
Some 24 hours before Liverpool’s ‘Egyptian King’ produced a performance fit for royalty during a breathless second half at Anfield, setting up the first and scoring the second during yesterday’s 2-2 draw with title rivals Manchester City, Townsend maintained his own flying start to life on the other side of Stanley Park.
His equaliser against Manchester United was the England international’s fifth in nine games – only twice before has Townsend been so prolific in a single season and we’re only in October.
But while you’d get long odds on Townsend troubling the Golden Boot standings in six months’ time, the same can’t be said of a player who, according to former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara, has no equal on planet earth right now.
“He’s the best player in the world, for me,” O’Hara said. “I can’t look at anyone and say they are doing better than Mo Salah.
“Not only is he doing it in the Premier League, which is the best league in the world, but he’s doing it in big games.
“That performance against Man City was outstanding. The individual brilliance, especially for his goal.”
Liverpool ace Salah compared to Messi – but not in Townsend’s book
And while Townsend is under no illusions about Salah’s star quality, he feels there remains a substantial gap between Liverpool’s number 11 and a six-time Ballon D’Or winner.
“He’s definitely up there, that’s for sure,” says Townsend. “But I don’t agree with Mr Clickbait that he’s the closest thing we’ve got to Messi.
“I don’t agree with that.”
Whatever the verdict, Salah has scored nine goals in nine games this season – numbers even the mop-haired Messi from a decade ago would be proud of.