Michael Owen has claimed that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is one of the top four players in the world.
The Egyptian superstar scored added two more goals to his season’s tally against Porto last night. This means that he has eight goals and two assists in eight games in all competitions this season.
Salah has actually outscored Leo Messi in the Champions League since 2017, with only Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski scoring more than him in the competition.
This has led former Red Owen to claim that these are the four best players on the planet.
Speaking on BT Sport in the aftermath of Liverpool’s win over Porto, Owen said: “Well, just to be in that company!
“You could argue they are the four best players in the world – you could throw Mbappe in there maybe or Neymar.
“But it just shows where Salah is at the moment. He’s right up there with the world’s best.”
Is Owen right about Salah?
It’s difficult to say exactly who the best players in the world are this early into a season. You really need to give it a few months before you can really judge what level all the top players are at.
But when we look at how Salah is performing in these first few weeks of the season, as well as his standards of last campaign and beyond, then we cannot really argue with Owen’s statement.
Messi is still the best for us, while we cannot argue against Robert Lewandowski being next.
But after that, there is a bracket of players that Salah certainly belongs in. We would have the likes of Ronaldo, Mbappe and Neymar in here, plus Karim Benzema and probably Erling Haaland.
However, this is only looking at attackers. The likes of Jan Oblak, Virgil van Dijk and Kevin de Bruyne could all have a case to be in the top four players on the planet as well.
Forwards always get the headlines. It is easier to look at goals and assists for evidence of how good a player is than any other statistic.
So, considering this is the case, Owen is probably right about Salah.
Only Benzema, Lewandowski, Haaland and Ciro Immobile have outscored the Egyptian in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season. There is no doubting the fact that he is one of the best goalscorers around.
Crucially, he has been doing it year-in, year-out, for some time now at the top, top level.
We have made the argument recently that Salah should be aiming for a Ballon d’Or next year. If Owen is right about him, then it is a more than realistic expectation.