Arsene Wenger: Lionel Messi is the complete player - Mo Salah is obsessed with scoring


Mohamed Salah is heading towards legendary status at Liverpool.

The Egyptian has been utterly phenomenal since joining the Reds in 2017, scoring 74 goals in 110 games.

Salah revived his career in Italy but there remained doubts about him when he returned to the Premier League, fuelled mainly due to his disappointing spell with Chelsea.

But he quickly erased those doubts and the £36.9 million that they paid Roma to sign him now looks like a bargain.

The 27-year-old is a world-class talent and former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has even drawn comparisons to Lionel Messi.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS, Wenger said Salah is similar to Messi after finding consistency in front of goal.

The difference in Wenger’s eyes? Messi is a complete player, whereas Salah is “a bit obsessed by finishing”.


Wenger compares Salah to Messi

“He has similarities to Messi, after he finds the consistency of Messi,” Wenger said.

“I find him as a good finisher, but Messi has the complete thing and gives the final ball as well and Salah is a bit obsessed by finishing.

“I like him very much.”

High praise indeed.

Wenger’s opinion that Salah is “obsessed” with scoring is a pretty popular one.

The Liverpool ace’s reluctance to pass left teammate Sadio Mane furious in the Reds’ recent 3-0 win against Burnley.

Salah passed on opportunities to feed Mane and Roberto Firmino when the pair were in great positions to score.

Salah’s supporters will argue that you need to be a bit greedy to compete for Golden Boot awards.

Yet part of Messi’s genius comes by the fact that he scores a ridiculous number of goals and also sets up many, too.


The Argentinian scored 51 goals and contributed 19 assists in 49 matches.

He was also Barcelona’s chief playmaker, creating 46 chances.

Salah’s good, but Messi remains in a league of his own.

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