When Liverpool signed Mo Salah from Roma for £34m in 2017 nobody could have imagined the impact that the Egyptian would have on Merseyside. Since arriving at Anfield, Salah has become a fan favourite and obliterated records on the way. He holds the record for most goals in a Premier League season as well as being the fastest Liverpool player to 50 Premier League goals. As he settles into his third season with the Reds we take a look at ho Mo Salah can learn from Lionel Messi.
There have been many incarnations of Lionel Messi. The greatest to ever do it burst onto the scene in 2004 and has been unstoppable ever since. The Argentinian is now 32 years old and has adopted a new role in the Barcelona side.
When Leo first broke into the Barcelona first team, he was a nippy winger that would cut inside to devastating effect. Much like Mo Salah, his low centre of gravity, quick feet and lightning pace were impossible for defences to contend with. After emerging as a winger, he moved into a false 9 role – playing as a central, deep lying striker. Nowadays, the GOAT seems to simply do whatever he likes. When Barcelona are in possession he walks about the pitch, figuring the game out for the first 15 minutes or so, identifying where the spaces will emerge and where he should pounce.
Mo Salah can learn from Lionel Messi’s adaptability. Wth the Argentinian being the deadliest player on the planet for over a decade, he has had to change his game consistently in order to keep defences on their toes. Salah will soon have to begin looking at ways to switch up his game to keep defenders from studying him. Whilst Jürgen Klopp demands the utmost discipline when the Reds are out of possession, the Egyptian could begin taking up more of a free role when Liverpool have the ball. With our full backs providing our width, he has the room to drift inside unmarked as well as coming deeper to receive the ball. He won’t be a winger forever, the question is what can Mo Salah learn from Lionel Messi?