Didier Drogba says Mohamed Salah could break all of his goalscoring records if he maintains his momentum with Liverpool.
The Egyptian scored his 11th Premier League goal of the season on and his 16th in all competitions, prompting Drogba to praise him while talking to Mehwar TV.
He joked: “If he continues, he’s going to destroy all my records – I want to cry!”
Salah has been world-class since joining Liverpool and has been the most consistent and prolific forward in the Premier League since his return to England.
He was limited by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea during his brief spell with the Blues and Drogba says his quality was clear to see to everyone in training and says he just needed time to explode into life.
“What I saw during training, and all his teammates will tell you, the quality was there. He just needed time on the pitch to show his talent and his quality,” he said of Salah.
“When you look at the squad we had at the time, it was not easy to play. But what really got me attached to Mo is that he’s a really nice guy and really polite even when he was not playing.
“He was sad not to contribute to the team, but he was always good. He said not one word regarding the coach or even the players. When you have this kind of intelligence, it’s just a matter of time before you blow up.”
Salah only played 19 games for a very defensive Chelsea, scoring just twice but moving to Fiorentina and then AS Roma was where the foundations to become the best right-wing in the world were set.
He got 13 goals and assists in 26 games with Fiorentina before moving to AS Roma where he got 34 goals and 22 assists in 83 matches, forming a deadly relationship with Edin Dzeko.
At Liverpool, he has been a different animal entirely. He signed a long-term contract at Anfield after the Reds paid £34million to sign him and Jurgen Klopp transformed him into a player the world had never seen before.
In 219 appearances, Salah has scored 141 goals, assisting a further 53 and is now scoring at a faster rate in the Premier League than he did when he set the 38-game single-season record (32) for goals scored in England, moving ahead of the likes of Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Alan Shearer.