Mohamed Salah’s impressive 2021 for Liverpool has not impressed everyone in the football world as a former Premier League player reveals who he thinks the best player in the world is.
Liverpool will now navigate a tricky 2021-22 campaign and play games in January without talisman Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian winger is currently representing his national side at the African Cup of Nations and will be sorely missed, having scored 16 goals in 20 Premier League games so far this term.
While he continues to ascend to greater levels, not everyone in the world of football believes Salah is the best player in the world as it stands – despite his place in FIFA’s Top three for their The Best Player of the Year award.
A former Premier League star has had his say on who he thinks the greatest player in the world is at the moment and it’s not the Egyptian – although he does rate the Liverpool winger highly.
For the Reds, there’s also the question as to who will manage the Reds in their FA Cup third round tie against Shrewsbury Town on Sunday, with Jurgen Klopp hoping to be back… but potentially missing out once more.
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Pires rates Salah
There aren’t many players currently playing better than Mohamed Salah this season.
But for Robert Pires, Salah is the third best player in the world and doesn’t even take the top spot when it comes to players plying their trade in England.
For the former Arsenal player, the best in the world can be found in France’s Ligue 1.
Liverpool’s managerial conundrum
With Liverpool’s Carabao Cup third round fixture against Arsenal postponed due to a positive outbreak of Covid-19 at Anfield, the Reds head into the tie with a huge question that needs answering.
Who will manage the team from the sidelines?
Manager Jurgen Klopp is currently self-isolating and assistant Pep Lijnders being forced to quarantine after also testing positive this week.
There’s a slim chance Klopp’s isolating ends in time for the game but should that not be case, the club will need someone to give instructions from the dugout.
Mane’s AFCON dream
Another player who will be absent for Liverpool’s January games is Sadio Mane.
Mane is another player currently playing in the African Cup of Nations for Senegal and will want to go one further in this year’s competition after losing in the final in 2019.
Having won both the Premier League and Champions League with the Reds, Mane has since admitted that he will trade both to lift the African Cup of Nations alongside his countrymen.
In a New Balance, Mane revealed he wants to fulfil a lifelong dream in Cameroon this month.