Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio has claimed that Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in the world.
Asensio, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, spoke to Egyptian outlet Dostor about The Reds’ talisman. Whilst also calling Liverpool ‘a great team,’ the Spain international lavished praise on Salah.
“Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in the world,” said Asensio. “He has been at the forefront of football for many years. In addition, he is in a great club like Liverpool, who fought and competed in great battles to win great titles over many years.
“Mohamed Salah, in short, is a player with a special talent and a great left-foot played with distinction. It is always my pleasure to watch any game he plays in.”
Asensio on his way out
It looks as though Asensio could be on the move this summer. His current contract is due to expire in 2023 and talks over a new deal have not progressed. This could lead to Real cashing in on the 26-year-old in the coming window.
According to a report from Sport last month, Liverpool are one of the interested parties.
They claim that Asensio is looking for an improvement on his current salary at Madrid, a request which Los Blancos aren’t willing to bend to.
His comments about Liverpool may be innocuous, but against this back-drop, it could be that he’s trying to alert any potential suitors to his availability.
Still scoring goals in Madrid
After a hugely promising early career at Real Madrid, Asensio has faded away ever so slightly. ln his early years at the club he was seen as being a big part of their future. However, he has never fully managed to make himself a nailed on starter in the Spanish capital.
An ACL injury suffered at the start of the 2019/20 season knocked back his development and he hasn’t looked quite the same player since.
As a left-footed player who likes to cut in from the right-hand side, he likes to play a similar role to Salah. With the future of Liverpool’s star man still up in the air, Asensio could be a smart option to run the rule over for Liverpool.