Carragher labels Salah the best player in the world; Phil Foden also praises for Anfield display

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool against Norwich City-Premier League
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool against Norwich City-Premier League

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that Mohamed Salah is currently the best player in the world after his display in Liverpool’s match with Manchester City on Sunday.

The Liverpool forward was in stunning form as he grabbed a goal and an assist as Liverpool drew 2-2 with Man City.

The Egyptian set up the Reds opener for teammate Sadio Mane with an incisive through ball before scoring his side’s second with a superb solo run.

The goal was his eighth goal in all competitions for Liverpool, making him one of the deadliest strikers in the world on current form.

Speaking about his firm after the game, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was full of praise for the forward, labelling him the best in the world on current form.

“I don’t think there’s anyone better in the world at this moment or in European football, I really don’t,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“I’ve seen the Champions League. His record over the last few weeks has been outstanding. 

“You can never question him too much for what he’s done at Liverpool. But right now is about as sharp as I’ve ever seen him.”

The Egyptian beat four City players before scoring his goal from a difficult angle.

Speaking about his goal, Carragher said: “That is world-class. He is world-class.” 

“I’ve spoken about it last few weeks. He’s one of the greatest players to ever play for Liverpool. 

“Liverpool lost Roger Hunt in the last few days, one of the greatest goal scorers ever seen. Mo Salah is right up there. He goes in that right side of Liverpool’s all-time XI. No doubt about it.”

Salah had two years left on his contract and is reportedly on a contract impasse with Liverpool, who are reluctant to offer him a huge deal. But Carragher insists that the Reds must give him a new long-term deal.

“I know the situation Liverpool are in,” Carragher added.

“They don’t have the finances Man City have when you see someone like Kevin De Bruyne. But right now, he’s playing as well as anyone in European football. They can’t let this drag on and risk losing Mo Salah in the next two years because this is a guy who looks after himself.

“I’m not going to say he’s like Ronaldo at 35 or 36 topping the goal-scoring charts, but I still think this lad has a lot in him going into his 30s.”

Although Salah got the most praise in the entertaining game at Anfield, another player who had a good match was Phil Foden.

The youngster scored the equaliser for Manchester City and was a constant thorn in the flesh for James Milner, who was covering at right-back for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The goal he scored was his second at Anfield for two consecutive seasons, leading to praise from Roy Keane.

“Outstanding,” Keane said of Foden. 

“He’s maturing well. There were talks over the last few years if he would go to the next level. He’s clearly doing that now. He’s more of a regular, getting confidence, working with brilliant players and one of the best managers ever. 

“Everything about him is quality. Touch, decision making, effecting big games, he scores a goal and sets one up. That’s what you want from good young players.

“He’s had some disappointments like when he was away with England, but today, Milner will be glad to see the back of him. I think Milner’s going home in an ambulance tonight. Everything about him, pure quality from the kid.”