Liverpool.com journalist Emmet Gates believes Mohamed Salah is finally starting to get the worldwide recognition that he deserves.
Salah has produced some extraordinary numbers in his four years at Anfield, but he seems to have taken his game to another level this season.
What are Salah's statistics this season?
The 29-year-old has been in remarkable form this term, netting in all but one of his Premier League appearances.
He scored stunning solo goals against Manchester City and Watford earlier this month, and followed that up with a hat-trick at Old Trafford on Sunday to take his league tally to 10 for the campaign.
His record in Europe has been even more impressive. The 71-cap international has bagged braces away at Porto and Atletico Madrid to help put Liverpool in pole position to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.
What has Gates said about Salah?
Gates feels Liverpool fans have always known how good Salah is, but supporters from around the globe have been less convinced, until now.
Following the Egyptian's stunning start to the season, Gates has claimed that everyone is now realising what all the fuss has been about.
Speaking about Salah, who Transfermarkt value at £90m, Gates told GIVEMESPORT: “I think, as we speak now, he is getting his due, in terms of a worldwide audience or by fans away from Liverpool, who obviously have rated him from day dot.”
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Why has it taken so long for Salah to gain worldwide credit?
It is not easy to pinpoint exactly why some observers have been hesitant to give Salah credit.
Having scored 107 Premier League goals in 167 matches, his goals-per-game ratio is up there with the biggest names to have played in the division.
Salah has been accused of diving before to win penalties, and former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has labelled him as "the most selfish player I've ever seen." This may explain why the forward has not always been the most admired player in the game.
Still, you simply cannot argue with the numbers, particularly this season. He is delivering world-class performances every game, and scoring goals that very few footballers are capable of.
Any doubters must have been silenced now, and it is clear that he warrants being viewed as one of the best players on the planet.
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