Micah Richards says ‘everyone laughed’ when he called one Liverpool star ‘world class’ years ago. The former Manchester City defender got that one right, however.
Mohamed Salah stole the show at Anfield on Sunday. The Egyptian was truly remarkable from front to back, contributing all over the pitch.
But it was going forward where he truly shone. Salah created a wonderful first for Liverpool, carving through the Manchester City defence with pace before playing an inch-perfect pass for Sadio Mane to score.
Salah’s goal, however, was the moment to remember. He danced through City, breezing past four players before finding the far corner with his weaker foot. Honestly, no description does it justice – it was an all-time goal.
That finish was Salah’s ninth of the season across the Premier League and Champions League. The assist was his third in the league, too, and it all continued a miraculous run of form from Liverpool’s no.11.
There’s a sense that he might be the best player in the world right now – we certainly wouldn’t swap him for anyone. And that proves Micah Richards right about the Liverpool man.
Micah Richards on Salah
“I’ve been saying Salah is world-class for years,” Richards told the BBC. “Everyone laughed at me. I’ve been singing his praises since the Fiorentina days.
“When I saw him in training, I was like, ‘this guy isn’t real’. He could dribble past five players and then chip it over the keeper.
“You could play the ball to him as hard as you want and the first touch would be there. He was greedy in training as well because he just knew he was going to score.
“I tried to tell people years ago but no-one wanted to listen to me – I saw it – and now, I’m not surprised what he’s doing.”
Salah has been world-class for some time now – ever since his first season with Liverpool, really. But it does feel as though he’s finally getting recognition as one of the absolute best players on the planet.
That’s been a little lacking over the last few years. Liverpool’s success perhaps drowned out Salah’s individual brilliance, while he developed an unfair reputation for being selfish.
Richards, who briefly played with Salah at Fiorentina, has long been a supporter of the Egyptian’s brilliance, though. It’s just nice that the rest of football is finally catching up.