Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Mohamed Salah can match Lionel Messi. But the Liverpool star must become less selfish in front of goal.
The Liverpool star was the focal point of a major dispute, prior to the International break. As teammate Sadio Mane was visibly angry, the Egyptian failed to set him up for a simple tap in, but opted to shoot into the safe hands of Nick Pope, in a 3-0 win over Burnley.
Mohamed Salah is not too far behind Lionel Messi. But Arsene Wenger believes the forward needs to tone down his obsession with goals, learn when to go for goal himself and when to pass it to a teammate.
“He’s 20 goals away basically, if you want to be as concrete as possible,” Wenger told beIN Sports .
“But he is similar to Messi. He must still find the consistency of Messi. I find him a just as good finisher but Messi is the complete thing – he gives the final ball as well and Mohamed Salah is a bit obsessed now by finishing himself so that’s a dimension he’ll get certainly when he gets a little bit older. To find the moment when you have to give the ball and when you have to finish.
“I like him very much, he has huge potential.”
With Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both keen on goals too, Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino has had to adjust countless times, between playing the striker role and a provider, and Wenger has praised the striker for his selfless style of play.
“You forget the guy that sacrifices himself a little bit is Firmino,” Wenger said.
“Like Luis Suarez did for Messi and Neymar. A guy that works for the team, that works for everybody and gets them to shine.
“This piece of the jigsaw is very hard to find – a striker that is generous.”
Since stepping down from his managerial role at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is yet to return to the dugout. The now pundit has admitted he probably needs more time than he thinks, but revealed he won’t be rushing back into management.