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Mohamed Salah is ‘world’s best striker’, Arsene Wenger claims… as Liverpool star continues his hot streak with a brace in thrilling win at Atletico Madrid

  • Arsene Wenger called Mohamed Salah the ‘best striker in the world’
  • Wenger says it’s his “confidence, creativity and intelligence” that sets him apart
  • Former Arsenal boss says Salah ‘can score goals no one else can’
  • Wenger also says Salah developed such a skill by playing street football
  • Salah is the first Liverpool player to score in nine consecutive games











Arsene Wenger has called Mohamed Salah the ‘best striker in the world’ and credited his ‘confidence, creativity and intelligence’ to set him apart from the rest.

The Egyptian forward scored twice in Liverpool’s 3-2 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening, becoming the first player in club history to net the net in nine consecutive games.

Wenger – who made his assessment of Salah before his record-breaking appearance at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium – believes the attacker developed his skills by playing ‘street football’.

Arsene Wenger called Mohamed Salah (above) the ‘best striker in the world’

The 71-year-old says Salah’s background has enabled him to develop an unparalleled sense of creativity and confidence.

He cites that as one of the reasons Salah can easily “dribble past people” and “score goals that no one else can.”

Speak with being into sportsWenger said: “He’s top, top class and he’s definitely the best striker of the moment in the world because he scores goals that no one else can score.

‘You have to play street football to dribble past people in such a short time. He is confident and he is creative.

“In general, I also believe that he is very intelligent, because the sign of players who are always improving is the intelligence.”

Salah’s performance against Atletico on Tuesday night saw him break Steven Gerrard’s record as Liverpool’s top scorer in the Champions League.

Wenger has credited his

Wenger has credited his “confidence, creativity and intelligence” to set him apart from the rest

Salah scored twice in Liverpool's 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.  As a result, he became the first player in the club's history to find the net in nine consecutive matches

Salah scored twice in Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night. As a result, he became the first player in the club’s history to find the net in nine consecutive matches

The former Liverpool captain and club legend has scored a total of 30 goals in European competition.

While Salah has now scored 31 goals in the Champions League despite only playing 48 times in the league.

The Egyptian’s current form has subsequently captured the attention of many, earning praise from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp said Salah was “the best player in the world” after his stellar performance against Watford in the Premier League last week.

The attacker put in a show-stopping performance to help Liverpool win 5-0. He also scored a sensational solo goal in the 54th minute of the match.

Salah collected a pass from Roberto Firmino on the edge of the penalty area, beating Juan Hernandez, Juraj Kucka and Craig Cathcart to find the back of the net.

Salah broke Gerrard's record as Liverpool's top scorer in the Champions League

Salah broke Gerrard’s record as Liverpool’s top scorer in the Champions League

Salah broke Gerrard's record as Liverpool's top scorer in the Champions League

Salah broke Gerrard’s record as Liverpool’s top scorer in the Champions League

After the game, Klopp said Salah was in better form than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Liverpool boss told BT Sport: “His performance was tremendous today. The pass for the first goal was great and the second goal was special.

He’s great. We see it all. Who is better than him? We don’t need to talk about what Messi and Ronaldo have done for world football and their dominance. But right now he’s the best.’

Klopp went on to suggest that more is coming out of his Egyptian star. He added: ‘Salah is in his age where you can still improve, and he does that constantly.

“You saw the first goal he scored for Sadio today, that’s an excellent pass. He brought that, I don’t know, from the summer holidays. Then he started doing things like this.

Klopp said Salah is 'the best player in the world' after his performance against Watford

Klopp said Salah is ‘the best player in the world’ after his performance against Watford

Klopp thinks Salah is in better shape than Messi

He also thinks Salah is in better shape than Ronaldo

Klopp thinks Salah is currently in better shape than both Messi (left) and Ronaldo (right)

“As I said, we don’t have hours and hours and hours to train different things. But the boys are improving their game themselves.

“The consistency he delivers, all this stuff, maybe people are just now starting to see it — it was always there. He’s been playing for us for five years now, but it’s absolutely incredible how he’s performed since he’s been here.

“He’s in the top, the top five since he’s pretty much been with Liverpool. And now he is the best at the moment.

“The great thing between Cristiano and Messi was that for years no one doubted it, but Mo has also been at the highest level for years and there is still a lot to come from him because of his desire. He just wants to perform at the top level.’

RECORDS SALAH IS BROKEN

Salah scored 32 league goals in 2017-18, beating Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most goals in the Premier League season.

The Egyptian forward overtook Didier Drogba last season for the most goals by an African player in a single Premier League season.

Salah scored 25 left-footed goals in the Premier League in 2017-18. This is the most recorded by every player in a single campaign in the league’s history.

Salah too won three Premier League Player of the Month awards in the 2017-18 campaign, which has never been done in a single season.

He also became the first player to score on the opening day of five consecutive Premier League seasons after finding the back of the net against Norwich City in August 2021.

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