Jamie Carragher has admitted that he has changed his mind in the Mohamed Salah vs Sadio Mane debate, which continues to divide the Anfield loyalists.
Having previously backed Mane as the Reds’ most important striker, club legend says he is now firmly in Salah’s side after hitting a record 100 Premier League goals – but where does the king stand? Egyptian in terms of the best players in the division since his arrival?
Salah and Mane have formed a formidable partnership up front, but Liverpool fans continue to bicker over who is more important
Mane and Salah have created one of the most iconic lines in football alongside Roberto Firmino, but over the past season and a half, Salah has been the only member of the line to maintain his level.
The Reds finally got Champions League football in a painful season last time around, with Mane and Firmino well below their normal level as Liverpool’s title defense crumble.
One constant however was Salah, who is now Liverpool’s top scorer in every season since joining the club in 2017, and now reports that he wants to become one of the league’s highest paid players to sign a new contract.
Carragher and Gary Neville discussed Mane and Salah during Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, with Neville pushing his colleague to find out who his favorite player is.
Neville began, “A few years ago we had a debate between Mane or Salah, and I’ve been saying Salah all day, for me, but you said Mane. Would you change that now? “
“Yes,” Carragher replied. “What I meant by that is you have your favorite player, don’t you?
“Salah has always scored more goals than Mane, he has always been the goalscorer…”
Carragher believes Salah is now a long way from Mane as Liverpool’s best player
“You’ve changed your mind now, haven’t you,” Neville pissed off. ” Have you changed your mind.
Carragher conceded, “Yeah, okay, I changed my mind.
“Salah deserves to be one of the highest paid players in the league because he is one of the best players in the league.
“I hope it will work out, because he thinks he still has three or four years left.”
Salah was the league’s top scorer and Golden Boot winner in two of his four seasons with Liverpool, helping them win their first title in 30 years.
But where does he rank among the best players in the Premier League since signing in 2017 in Rome? talkSPORT decides …
5. N’Golo Kanté
Although he hasn’t won a league title since 2017/18, Kante’s back-to-back championships with Leicester and Chelsea are enough to put him in any roster.
The Frenchman has become a World Cup and Champions League winner in recent years, and although trophies have not followed in the league, he continues to dominate as one of the best midfielders. of the world.
And Kante isn’t just world-class anymore, he’s potentially historic and is currently in contention for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
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Kanté always knows where the ball is and what to do with it 4. Harry Kane
Second behind Salah in goals since 2017/18 with 88, Harry Kane could hardly have done more for Tottenham before trying to force a £ 150million transfer to Manchester City this summer.
Kane started off as a pure goalscorer, but has progressed to a lot more, as evidenced by his 14 assists last season.
It’s easy to see why such a picky manager like Pep Guardiola would have been happy to break the league transfer record to sign Kane, who would surely only make better numbers in a title challenger. Unfortunately for Pep, City refused to pay and he stayed with Spurs.
Kane put a lot of pressure on himself with a failed move to City, but he continues to score 3. Virgile van Dijk
Liverpool fans will always thank Philippe Coutinho for his record-breaking start which enabled the purchases of Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk, the latter being one of the most transformative players the league has ever seen.
The Netherlands captain has been the key to turning Jurgen Klopp’s side into Premier League and Champions League winners, with his absence last season seeing the Reds crumble.
Back in the lineup this quarter, Liverpool have conceded just one goal in their first four games, with Van Dijk showing once again what a difference he can make.
Van Dijk has been a defensive machine for Liverpool 2. Mohamed Salah
Salah has the most Premier League goals of any player since joining Liverpool with 98, making his way into the club by 100 goals this weekend thanks to both of his efforts during his short career at Chelsea.
The Egyptian also broke the 38-game season scoring record with 32 goals in his debut campaign, and is clearly one of the best players the league has ever seen.
Salah will likely need more titles and golden boots to cement this position for all to see, but with the threat of a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona no longer a real possibility, it looks like he be here to stay.
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Salah has done amazing things in his four years at Liverpool 1. Kevin De Bruyne
With three league titles since 2017/18, it’s impossible not to have a top player at Manchester City, with De Bruyne as the lead contender.
The Belgian assistance god is absolutely unplayable at his best, providing 50 assists in the past four seasons, as well as 29 goals.
De Bruyne decides games big and small on his own, and with a trio of titles won in that four-year spell at the Etihad, his status is unquestionable.
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De Bruyne has been a key player in City’s three wins since 2017
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