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‘Salah is the closest thing to Lionel Messi we have seen’

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Former Premier League star Jamie O’Hara has explained how Mohamed Salah is the closest thing to Lionel Messi at his peak.

Mohamed Salah is the ‘the best player in the world’ and the closest thing to Lionel Messi, says Jamie O’Hara.

Salah made it nine goals in as many games for Liverpool on Sunday by scoring in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City with a breathtaking solo effort, earning him a rave review from manager Jurgen Klopp.

Now O’Hara has paid Salah perhaps the biggest compliment a footballer can dream of during the talkSPORT Breakfast show on Monday.

“He’s the best player in the world, for me, if you are looking at a player who is playing at the peak of his powers,” said the former Tottenham midfielder.

“I can’t look at anyone and say they are doing better than Mo Salah. Not only is he doing it in the Premier League, which is the best league in the world, but he’s doing it in big games.

“That performance against Man City was outstanding. The individual brilliance, especially for his goal.

“He used his pace and skill for Mane’s goal, but his goal was outstanding. He used all his attributes in one moment. Strength, quick feet, pace, power skill and then the finish with his weaker foot showed how good he was.

“This is a big statement… I think he’s the closest thing to Lionel Messi we’ve seen, without being Lionel Messi.

“Since Messi’s prime, if you are looking at another player who has come close in terms of player like Messi, I would say Mo Salah.”