Arsene Wenger says Mohamed Salah has Lionel Messi qualities but must be less greedy

Sport360 staff 12:49 09/09/2019
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Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah must be less selfish in front of goal if he is to take his game to the next level, according to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Salah was the cause of Sadio Mane’s rage during Liverpool’s Premier League win over Burnley after the Egyptian twice failed to play him through when in on goal.

While Salah has drawn some feint comparisons to Barcelona icon Lionel Messi, Wenger believes it’s the one area of his game he’ll need to improve.

“He is similar to Messi. He must still find the consistency of Messi. I find him a just as good finisher but Messi is the complete thing – he gives the final ball as well and Salah is a bit obsessed now by finishing himself so that’s a dimension he’ll get certainly when he gets a little bit older,” Wenger said (h/t Goal.com)

“To find the moment when you have to give the ball and when you have to finish.

“I like him very much, he has huge potential.”

Salah and Mane make up 2/3 of Liverpool’s devastating front three attack but Wenger is adamant the key component is Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino.

“You forget the guy that sacrifices himself a little bit is Firmino,” he said.

“Like Luis Suarez did for Messi and Neymar. A guy that works for the team, that works for everybody and gets them to shine.

“This piece of the jigsaw is very hard to find – a striker that is generous.”

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