Despite being involved in nearly 60 goals already this season, Roy Keane isn’t yet willing to dish out the praise for Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.
Right, I’m not surprised. As a former Manchester United midfielder, I don’t think anyone is really expecting Roy Keane to suddenly find Liverpool charming and talk them up. Even if for the simple fact that the Reds are making his former side look bad with their attractive brand of football.
I mean, Keane even twisted a famous Bill Shankly quote to make a snide comment on his former rivals last year. The Irishman infamously said: “If Liverpool were playing out in my back garden, I wouldn’t watch them. They’re just drifting. Drifting nowhere.”
With that in mind, it honestly doesn’t mean all that much what he has to say given that Jurgen Klopp are on the cusp of making it into the Champions League final. Not bad for a team “going nowhere fast.”
Keane told ITV Sport: “I always look at the strikers playing well and he has been compared to Ronaldo and Messi. I think you still have to end up with one or two trophies with your club at the end of the season.
“Part of my makeup when I played with players was if my strikers are scoring 25-30 goals like Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, we have to win trophies.
“Liverpool haven’t done that yet. If they end up winning the Champions League and he scores in the final, then start giving out the prizes.
“He still has to do a bit more for me and that is getting his hands on a trophy at club level.”
To be fair to Keane, he did admit that he thought Liverpool were “outstanding” against Roma on Tuesday evening.
Salah has a good chance of being in the final three nominees for the Ballon d’Or this year if he can maintain his form and help Liverpool to a sixth European Cup in Kiev next month.
The Egyptian is four goals away from breaking Ian Rush’s record of 47 goals in all comps in a single season and seeing as he has scored 12 goals in his last 8 games, there is no reason to suggest why he can’t go on and break the record.