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Mohamed Salah showed why he is the best soccer player in the world with a magical Messi-style goal

Mohamed Salah celebrates his superb goal against Manchester City. Getty / John Powell

  • Mohamed Salah has proven why he is currently the best football player in the world against Manchester City.

  • The Egyptian scored a magical Messi-style goal in a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

  • “I don’t think there is anyone who plays better in the world,” said Jamie Carragher.

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Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah proved why he is currently the best football player in the world by scoring a magical Lionel Messi-style goal in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.

The Egyptian had provided Sadio Mane with the opener at Anfield with an hour of play before Phil Foden equalized for the visitor with a low clinical finish.

A few minutes later, a moment of genius from Salah then restored the lead to Liverpool. The 29-year-old slalomed against four City defenders before kicking the ball past Ederson with his weaker foot.

Salah’s exceptional solo effort was his ninth goal of the season in all competitions and his seventh in consecutive games – tying his longest goal streak for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

It also comes just a week after scoring his 100th Premier League goal in a 3-0 win over Leeds United.

After the game, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher described Salah as the best player in the world today.

“I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world or in Europe right now,” Carragher said on Sky Sports. “His record at the start of this season is absolutely exceptional

“You can never really ask him what he’s done at Liverpool – if at all – but right now it’s probably as sharp and as good as I’ve ever seen it.”

Carragher went on to insist that tying Salah, who no longer has a contract in 2023, to a new long-term deal should be Liverpool’s top priority.

The club made new deals with Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson and Fabinho over the summer, but have yet to make a deal with Salah.

“I know the situation Liverpool find themselves in,” he said. “They don’t have the finances of Manchester City when you think of the salaries they pay. But right now Salah is playing as well as anyone in European football.

“Liverpool cannot afford to let their contractual situation drag on, with the threat that they could lose him within the next two years.

“It is imperative that in his prime he still scores goals in the Liverpool red jersey.”

Salah himself has said that while he was happy with his goal, it would have been better if it hadn’t been ruled out by Kevin De Bruyne’s equalizer.

“It would be more special if we win the game, but that’s how it is,” he said. “It’s a good goal but not much to say.”

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