Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Champions League: Its unfair to compare Salah to Messi - Gerrard

Champions League: Its unfair to compare Salah to Messi - Gerrard

The team have already overcome one significant hurdle in reaching the knockout phase for the first time in nine years.

Contrast the two matches.

"But now we have to show that we are not only part of the competition, we are quite ambitious". Five goals without reply, largely thanks to the understanding between the front three.

Salah started alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for the Champions League round of 16 clash and the trio produced a masterclass in attacking play at the Estadio do Dragao. His link up play with Salah at Southampton last Sunday was superb as they both scored one and assisted one.

Firmino is theoretically the primary goalscorer yet concentrates on providing as much as goalscoring. Klopp has been asked before why he didn't go after a striker similar to Robert Lewandowski or Harry Kane, who will guarantee you at least 30 goals a season. Salah has scored 22 goals in the Premier League this term.

It's worth remembering, too, that these players have previously been their side's star attraction.

And he believes someone with Wanyama's qualities is just what they need.

Liverpool legend John Barnes has expressed doubts about the ability of Liverpool's front three to provide the goals necessary for the Reds to challenge for major honours, despite their current red-hot form. Jurgen Klopp's attack-minded system is built around the brilliant Brazil worldwide.

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"There's no greed in the team, there's nobody who is selfish". Klopp simply wouldn't tolerate a diva expecting everyone else to do his dirty work. Football has increasingly moved toward a situation where all 11 players must contribute with and without the ball, however.

LIVERPOOL HAVE A better attack this season than when Luis Suarez starred at the club, according to Steven Gerrard.

Like Salah, the Barcelona forward chipped the goalkeeper before smashing in a volley from close range.

"The clubs you're talking about, Liverpool and Spurs, should be able to compete in the Champions League and certainly qualify, and win an FA Cup or a League Cup".

Mohamed Salah has said there is more to come after scoring 30 goals in his 36 games for Liverpool.

Salah has proven that he can score goals consistently, so what's to stop him doing the same thing over the next couple of seasons? We pressed up high to get the ball back.

Liverpool's progress so far in Europe this season has been smooth, in part because of some favourable draws, but it would be fascinating to see against a side like Real or PSG in the next round.

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