Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will “end up going above” Sadio Mane.
Mane managed 22 goals in all competitions last campaign, while Salah grabbed 23 as Liverpool won their first Premier League title in 30 years.
The Egyptian started the new campaign with a hat-trick in the Reds’ opening Premier League match of the season in a 4-3 win over Leeds, while Mane failed to contribute with a goal or an assist.
And Neville thinks that Salah is “an absolute killer on the pitch” and could become like Cristiano Ronaldo in his pursuit of becoming the best player in the world.
Neville told Sky Sports: “I look at him as an outsider and I’m thinking that he is an absolute killer on the pitch.
“It reminds me of the twin tracking of Ronaldo and Rooney in the mid-2000s. That’s where Mane and Salah are now.
“I think Salah will end up going above Mane, not because Mane’s not a great player, he is a great player as Rooney was, but the reason players [like Salah or Ronaldo] are different is that they have something up here [in their head] which means that they go home at night and being the best player in the world rocks their world, whereas a Rooney or a Mane, they feel that the team’s got to win, I’ve got to give my all, I’ll fight for my team-mates. Salah doesn’t do that.”
Neville added: “[Kylian] Mbappe, he’s fantastic. Neymar, he’s a bit up and down… Where is the best player in the world going to be in the next couple of years?” asked Neville.
“Salah is not far away from it anyway, but to me on Saturday [against Leeds] he looked like an absolutely different level.”