Is Mo Salah the new Messi

Arsene Wenger on Mohamed Salah: "Too keen to shoot myself"

Coach legend Arsene Wenger raved about Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and at the same time revealed that the Egyptian is still missing something in the class of world star Lionel Messi.

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"I like him very much, he has great potential. Salah is similar to Lionel Messi. However, he still has to be as consistent as him. In the end he is already at eye level, but Messi always plays at the right moment, while Salah is too keen on it is to shoot himself. But he learns that over time, when to shoot himself and when to pass, "said the former Arsenal coach in an interview with beINSports.

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Wenger: Firmino is important to Mohamed Salah

If you want to express the difference between Messi and Salah in numbers, Wenger is certain: "At the moment he's about 20 goals away, if you want to be specific."

Most recently, the Egyptian international was criticized by team-mate Sadio Mane for trying to finish himself off in a 3-0 win against Burnley instead of serving the detached Senegalese.

Nevertheless, Wenger sees Mane and Roberto Firmino as essential players for Mo Salah, who scored a total of 74 goals for the Reds in the past two years. "Players like Firmino who sacrifice themselves for their colleagues are important. It's the same as with Luis Suarez, Messi and Neymar. You need someone who fights and lets the others stand out," concluded Wenger.