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“Liverpool’s Salah is on par with PSG striker Messi” – Keown

Martin Keown believes Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is on par with PSG superstar Lionel Messi.

The Egyptian was in song as the Reds beat Watford, led by new coach Claudio Ranieri, 5-0 in the Premier League exit at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The Pharaohs captain assisted Sadio Mane for the opening goal in the ninth minute. He kicked the ball with the outside of his boot and managed to find the Senegal international, who shot past the keeper.

Salah then managed to dance in front of three defenders in the 54th minute before shooting Roberto Firmino’s pass into the net.

The Brazilian also scored a hat-trick as the former champions maintained their good form until the season.

The former Arsenal captain then assessed Salah’s pass for the opening goal before delivering his verdict, while commenting on Firmino’s strikes.

“Liverpool were irresistible [on Saturday]”Keown told BBC One, quoted by HITC.

“This pass from Mo Salah to Sadio Mane was out of this world. We see Salah at the level of Lionel Messi.

“These goals will also help Firmino – everyone is participating now and it’s Liverpool at full speed.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with the performance of his scorers.

“He looks like [Salah], actually, and that’s really good, “the German told the club official portal, responding to the Salah-Messi comparisons.

“He’s in good shape and you’re right, the three goals of [Firmino] were really cool, the 100th Premier League goal for Sadio and all those cute little stories but you can’t ignore the performance of [Salah on Saturday].

“I said after the game, cut the goal [and] it was [still] an outstanding performance how he played today. It’s really good, very important for us and that’s why we can win football matches.

“Yes the [Salah] goal was very special, but if you go back a bit you might find a goal against Watford at home that looks quite like this.

“He’s obviously the kind of player who can do that kind of thing. It’s good for us.”

The Reds currently sit second in the table with 18 points, one behind leaders Chelsea.

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