KEY POINTS

  • Mo Salah is believed to be one of the best soccer players at the moment
  • He has scored 101 Premier League goals for Liverpool
  • He was involved in both the Liverpool goals in Sunday's 2-2 draw with City

"World Class" Mohamed Salah is "better than" Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment, former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton said.

Salah, who has now scored a goal in seven consecutive matches for Liverpool in the 2021-22 campaign, netted an incredible goal in his side’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday. 

The goal, which Salah scored by dribbling through Man City’s defense, has been described as "one of the best goals of the Premier League era" by ex-England striker Alan Shearer, according to BBC Sport.

In as many as nine matches for the Reds this season, Salah has scored nine times and assisted three more goals, across all competitions. 

"At this moment in time, he's better than [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo. After scoring his 100th Premier League goal in September, Salah hit one of his best to give his side the lead again against Manchester City," Sutton was quoted by BBC Sport, as saying, on BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club.

Salah and Sadio Mane scored for Liverpool but goals from Man City’s Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne denied the Anfield side a win on Sunday. Salah assisted Mane’s goal before scoring his 101st Premier League goal for Liverpool. 

Salah, who is yet to agree to a new contract extension at Liverpool, has averaged 21 goals per season across the last three Premier League campaigns. His current market value is around $112 million. 

"His numbers have been sensational the last few seasons. To do it on that stage, which he has done for so many years, it just sums up how brilliant he is. Consistency is what you look for and he is doing it season after season after season where others are falling away and Liverpool still haven't signed him up," Sutton added.

Meanwhile, former Manchester City star Micah Richards, who played alongside Salah at Serie A club Fiorentina in 2015, has agreed with Suttons. 

"I've been saying Salah is world-class for years. Everyone laughed at me. I've been singing his praises since the Fiorentina days. When I saw him in training, I was like, 'this guy isn't real'. He could dribble past five players and then chip it over the keeper. You could play the ball to him as hard as you want and the first touch would be there," added Richard. 

Liverpool's Egypt star Mohamed Salah Liverpool's Egypt star Mohamed Salah Photo: AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS

Salah, who started his Premier League career at Chelsea, was sent on a season-long loan to Fiorentina by the Stamford Bridge side in 2014-15. The Egyptian forward scored nine goals in 26 competitive matches for the Italian club. 

"He was greedy in training as well because he just knew he was going to score. I tried to tell people years ago but no-one wanted to listen to me - I saw it - and now, I'm not surprised what he's doing," Richards further said.