Virgil van Dijk has lauded the ‘incredible’ Mo Salah and how everyone at Liverpool is ‘very appreciative’ of him, as he told his pre-match press conference.
There aren’t many players, if anybody, that can stake a claim to be better than or in better form than Liverpool’s flying forward as of today.
Salah has just failed to score in one game this season in all competitions, and that was against Burnley.
Other than that, whether it’s in the Premier League or in Europe, he is ripping apart and making a fool of everyone that stands in his way.
In back-to-back games, the 29-year-old has scored solo goals, with his most impressive being against Manchester City before the international break.
Van Dijk spoke in awe of his teammate, amid talk of whether he should be a contender or win the Ballon d’Or this year.
“He is doing pretty well,” said Van Dijk “He is incredible football player. He has been showing it already for the last couple of seasons, consistently.
“The numbers speak for itself, so I can only say we are very, very happy in the form that he is in. He is definitely up there (Ballon d’Or). It’s everyone’s opinion.
“We as players know what one week you can be one of the best players in the world and then next week people can put you down.
“We are just very appreciative of what he is doing. We know the qualities that he has. The difficulty he can give opponents and he is doing it pretty well.”
Over the years, some would argue that Van Dijk is Liverpool’s most important player and that was probably proven during the £75 million man’s (BBC Sport) injury absence last season.
But Salah is probably the first name on the teammate sheet now, which just goes to show the level of performances he is producing.
Even last season, when everything was seemingly crumbling at Anfield, from individual performances to consistent defeats on home soil.
One thing that didn’t change was Salah’s form, which was testament to his character and the quality he possesses.