Salah has been in stunning form since his summer switch from Roma, scoring 21 goals in the Premier League to inspire the Reds’ push for a top-four spot.
The 25-year-old’s performances have even seen him linked with La Liga giants Real Madrid, however, Eto’o believes the Egypt icon is a future Liverpool captain.
“He has probably been one of the best players in the world,” Eto’o said.
“His performances for Liverpool have been great and, for me, I am always glad to see African players at the top level.
“He deserves his awards and hopefully he has more years like this.
“He will not scream at you to do this or do that but people like him command respect.
“His attitude off the pitch also makes him a natural leader. He can grow into the captain there.”
Salah is likely to take his place on Liverpool’s right side once again as they travel to Southampton on Sunday with Jurgen Klopp’s men looking to consolidate their place in the top four ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 trip to FC Porto.
Spurs could have won by more at Wembley had they not squandered countless chances in the second half but Kane’s seventh goal in eight versions of this fixture was enough to seal all three points.
Here, we look at three things learned from an Arsenal perspective.
MKHITARYAN IS WORSE THAN INVISIBLE
Actions speak louder than words and this week Henrikh Mkhitaryan should have kept quiet because his performance against Spurs screamed average.
“Jose Mourinho required a lot from the players. A lot, he was very hard. Arsene Wenger is friendlier, he understands, can think about players’ situations, is calmer. That’s the difference,” the Armenian told SFR Sport this week.
Shame for Arsenal there is no difference in his displays from those in a Manchester United shirt.
The playmaker was ostracised for his anonymity in the big games but he was worse than invisible against Spurs – he was detrimental for Arsenal.
Indeed, Mkhitaryan may be one of the few deserving of a negative player rating because he was negligible in a set-up which required flair and ingenuity.
Compacting the midfield and defending deep, Arsenal had to counter-attack with craft and speed but Mkhitaryan’s 80 per cent pass success rate was the second worst of any in their starting XI.
The proverbial balloon blown up by his three-assist performance against Everton was acutely popped on Saturday, leaving a flatulent mess in its wake.
Aimless passes under no pressure combined with little work rate hallmarked a dire display, the damaged goods shipped off by United in exchange for Alexis Sanchez appears to be the deal of the century.
BUT AUBA IS THE TRUE INVISIBLE MAN
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang touched the ball 23 times against Spurs – the least of any player in Arsenal’s starting XI – and managed zero shots during 90 minutes.
And yet those damning statistics have precious little to do with Arsenal’s record buy.
Indeed, while Mkhitaryan was the one labelled anonymous, Aubameyang was actually the one who must have been invisible to his teammates.
This is no exaggeration, countless times the 28-year-old was completely free in space to the left, and on almost every occasion the players in behind failed to see him despite other options being cut off.
Ultimately, he was let down by the inability of the playmakers behind him – Mesut Ozil and Mkhitaryan – to have any discernible impact on the game.
We all know his style, piercing pace on the shoulder of the last man to break in behind and considering how high Spurs’ line was, you would have expected Ozil and Mkhitaryan to have been capable of creating chances for him.
But the Gunners didn’t play to his strengths and when they eventually did and sprayed longer balls, Alexandre Lacazette was brought on in the spearhead with Aubameyang forced out wide.
Arsenal ended up looking incredibly imbalanced and the Gabon international looked dejected in a position which was clearly an uncomfortable one for him.
ARSENAL’S WEAKNESS IS THEY ARE WEAK
Mousa Dembélé vs. Arsenal:— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) February 10, 2018
97% pass accuracy
100% take-ons completed
100% tackles won
1 attempt at goal
8 ball recoveries
Can’t touch him 🔥 pic.twitter.com/QDFAc4lIZp
In every area of the pitch Wenger’s side lost the physical battle. It’s not the first time this has been said, and for this group of players, it won’t be the last time either.
Defensively solid in the first half, the Gunners lost their discipline after the break.
The chasm between Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny for Kane’s header was indicative of the wide gap between the quality of the two sides.
In possession there was no ownership and at times no communication. Midfield was arguably even worse with Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny a dire duo.
Mousa Dembele was superb and he practically dominated Arsenal’s midfield three by himself with only Jack Wilshere coming out of the game with any credit.
The Belgian used his physicality to eliminate any pressure, then displayed great footwork and ball retention skills to set Tottenham’s attacks in the opposite direction.
Granted, he is a unique footballer in the sense he bulldozes and pirouettes around the pitch like beauty and the beast infused but Arsenal had no answer.
They were simply second best and in the end the 1-0 scoreline flattered to deceive.
Not only can Pep Guardiola win the league with Manchester City this season, but he can do it in devastating fashion, in a style that has never been done before.
Come the end of the season, we have no doubt that City will have blitzed multiple Premier League records en route to securing a fifth league title.
But what’s been the difference in Guardiola’s second season at the Etihad Stadium that has led him to dominating the English game?
Here, Copa90 looks at how the Spaniard’s tactics have changed the game.