Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady has remarkably snubbed his international compatriot Mohamed Salah for club teammate Jack Grealish as the best player he has ever played with.
Elmohamady, 27, dismissed the Liverpool’s talisman who this week, came fifth in the Ballon d’Or rankings instead picking Villan’s club-captain Jack Grealish as the greatest player the former Hull City star has shared a pitch with.
Salah was an unused sub in Liverpool’s 5-2 thrashing of Merseyside rivals Everton after featuring for only 69 minutes in the Red’s last three matches following a reoccurring ankle problem.
The former Roma winger has established himself as one of the world’s most potent attackers in recent years. Salah has 80 goals and 34 assists in 124 appearances for Liverpool since his £34 million signing in 2018.
Grealish, on the other hand, has spent most of his senior career playing in the Championship captaining his boyhood club. The 24-year-old has 20 goals for the Villans in 161 appearances for the Midlands side.
Salah and Elmohamady have been in the Egypt national team together for the best part of nine years, but the national team skipper has snubbed his fellow countryman for Grealish as the best player he has played alongside in his career.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams he said: “I’ve played with some great players, I play with Mo Salah in the national team, but for me Jack is the best player I have ever played with.
“For me, yeah. Jack is an incredible player, we see him every day in training doing some great stuff.
“He’s not better than Mo, they’re both different players. I love Mo, he’s one of the best five players in the world, but for me Jack can make the difference at any time.”
It’s quite a stark comparison considering one of them has featured in two Champions League finals – winning and scoring in his most recent – whereas the other is still yet to receive his first international cap.
Salah in truth hasn’t been at his most devastating best as of yet this season, but still has nine goals for the European champions in 17 appearances this campaign.
Liverpool have recorded 43 points from a possible 45 n their pursuit of a first league title since 1990 and if the league leaders can rediscover the best from Salah then its quite a daunting prospect for the rest of the league.