Liverpool's Mohamed Salah on Course to Win European Golden Shoe

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The Proof That Mohamed Salah Is A Better Goalscorer Than Lionel Messi This Season
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20 March, 2018

Mohamed Salah has been hailed as "indescribable" by Liverpool team-mate Joe Gomez after the Egypt winger maintained his incredible debut season with a four-goal spree against Watford.

Comparisons with Lionel Messi have already started, and why not? "That's how football should be, so I'm really happy with the performance", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said.

'But Mo this season has been unbelievable.

If Barca's Argentina worldwide does manage to finish ahead of Salah, it would make him the first player to get his hands on the European Golden Shoe five times (2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17).

In less than hospitable conditions as swirling snow and a freezing wind blew through Anfield, the Liverpool fans at least had Salah to warm their spirits as he took his tally for an wonderful debut season at Liverpool to 36 in all competitions.

That shows how the goals have been shared around and Klopp was keen to point out how the combined efforts and talents of the players is paying dividends.

That puts him ahead of Christian Benteke and Harry Kane in second and third respectively.

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Last month Firmino was cleared of racially abusing Everton's Mason Holgate by the FA and the Liverpool striker says he had expected such an outcome. Understandably, it's led to comparisons between the two players.

"I always felt calm about it [the allegations] because I knew I had not said what they were accusing me of", he said. Players like Messi and Salah, they make decisions, and they decide games.

Klopp can be repeatedly seen on the sidelines at Anfield applauding his forward-thinking players when they track back, and that was the case once more against the Hornets.

"They can score at any moment and have a lot of quality. Sometimes you just can't do anything", Gracia explained.

"And we all saw how that one played out in the end with the Brazilian heading off to Barcelona for £145million". He plays off the right and those little steps he takes - it looks like he is shuffling at high speed sometimes - have inflicted huge damage.

Ronaldo was the last player from the English top flight to win the European Golden Shoe outright, after scoring 31 goals to help Manchester United claim the 2007/08 Premier League title.


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