Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is currently the best striker in the world.
The Egyptian forward scored twice during Liverpool‘s 3-2 Champions League triumph over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night and became the first player in the club’s history to find the net in nine successive games.
Wenger – who made his assessment of Salah before his record-breaking performance at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium – believes the forward developed his skills from playing ‘street football’.
Speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger said on Salah: “He’s top, top class and he’s certainly the best striker at the moment in the world because he scores goals that nobody else can score.
“You have to play street football to dribble past people like that in a short space. He’s full of confidence and he’s creative. Overall, I believe as well that he is very intelligent because the sign of players that always improve is the intelligence.”
Salah’s performance against Atletico on Tuesday night saw him break Steven Gerrard’s record as Liverpool’s leading goal scorer in the Champions League. Gerrard scored a total of 30 goals in the European competition whereas Salah has now scored 31 goals in the competition despite featuring just 48 times in the competition.