Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah needs to perform at a high level for a longer period of time before he can be considered the best player in the world. Salah put on an attacking masterclass as Liverpool pulled off a stunning 5-2 victory in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Roma at Anfield. The Egyptian sensation scored both of Liverpool’s first-half goals before setting up Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to give the Reds a four-goal advantage on the hour mark.
Firmino then headed home his second of the night before Salah was substituted and Roma pulled themselves back into the tie with goals from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti in the final ten minutes. Asked if he considers Salah the best player on the planet, Klopp replied: ‘Look, you always create stories. If you think he’s the best in the world, write it or say it. Liverpool conceded two goals after Mohamed Salah was replaced (Picture: Getty) ‘He is in outstanding good shape, world class shape, that’s 100 per cent. That’s good. To be the best in the world you need to do that over a longer period I think. ‘There are a few others who are not too bad. He is a fantastic player. I’m really happy.’ Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard admitted after the win that he puts Salah above Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah on current form. ‘He’s in the form of his life,’ Gerrard said on BT Sport.