James Milner believes Mohamed Salah to be one of the best players he has ever played with and thinks playing in Italy for a year helped him improve before his move to Liverpool.

Having scored an astounding 32 goals this season, Mohamed Salah has already surpassed Luis Suarez’ best ever goal return (31) while playing for Liverpool and there are still plenty of games left to play.

AS Roma had to sell the electrifying Egyptian for just £37 million in the summer due to Financial Fair Play regulations and their loss has most certainly been our gain.

Vice-captain and teammate James Milner said yesterday that he believes Mo Salah to be up there with the best players he’s played alongside.

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“I’ve been lucky to play with some very good players throughout my career and he’s up there as well,” Milner said.

“I know he’s played in England before, but changing club and changing league again – there’s a big difference between England and Italy – settling down as fast as he has and hitting the ground running, scoring the goals and being as ruthless as he has, he’s a top player and that’s credit to the players around him but also the club for helping him settle as fast as possible.

“And the players he’s playing with as well, Bobby up there with him, Sadio and the guys behind him giving him the opportunities. I think you see how we play, we play as a team both going forward and defending as well and he’s a big part of it.”

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With Liverpool in great form at the moment and a cohesive squad unit key to the current success of the side, Milner added that Salah’s personality is vital to the nature of the squad’s atmosphere.

“He’s had a great season so far and hopefully it continues. He’s a good character in and around the dressing room, he’s fit in well and very quickly, as you’ve seen, on and off the field and that’s important,” the No.7 continued.

“I think we’re lucky to have a very good dressing room. Everyone gets on really well and I think you can see that with the performances on the pitch as well. He’s had a great season so far, but hopefully he can keep that going and hopefully keep banging the goals in.”