Wenger – Salah is showing shades of Lionel Messi

Former Arsenal legendary manager Arsene Wenger has described Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah as a complete player, adding that he is beginning to show touches of Lionel Messi.

The Reds beat Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar on Wednesday and Mohamed Salah was on hand to provide an assist for Naby Keita to open the scoring in the 12th minute.

“He (Salah) had touches last night (against Monterrey) of a playmaker,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“He created chances around the box that are exceptional, (there were shades) of Messi in him last night and I like that a guy who can score so many goals also becomes the guy who gives assists.


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“That is a complete player. That’s what we all admire and what we want from our players.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also spoke about his experience thus far in managing the Egyptian.

“Very good, very good experiences (with Salah) but the most positive was on the training ground – sensationally good,” Klopp said.

He added: “On the pitch he’s great, really, really good.”

Salah’s assist on the night at the Khalifa International Stadium was his 7th of the season. He has also scored 13 goals in 23 games in all competitions thus far.

“(The stadium) was especially loud when Mo came on the screen,” Klopp continued. “I wouldn’t want to be in his position, with all the attention on me constantly, each touch.

“He’s dealing really well with that (pressure), but don’t forget he’s a really normal person and he wants to have some relaxation as well from time to time.”

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