'Salah is starting to do what Ronaldo did for Man Utd' - Opposition defenders are 'terrified' of Liverpool star, says Rooney
According to Wayne Rooney, Mohamed Salah for Liverpool has the same effect as Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United.
Salah has played an important role in transforming Liverpool from fellow players to European champions and Premier League pacemakers in the past three years.
The Egyptian made a £ 34m ($ 42m) move from Roma to Anfield in the summer of 2017 and since then has scored 91 goals in 144 games for the club. 20 of these efforts have been made this season. Liverpool is about to win a first championship title in 30 years under the direction of Jürgen Klopp.
Alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Salah has formed a third of a fatal triumvirate that has blown away the opposition's defense in the domestic scene. The Reds have scored 66 goals in their first 29 games this season, the second-best record in the top division, and need only two more wins to be confirmed as England champions.
Rooney has classified Salah as a constant threat to Liverpool in the last third, while highlighting the similarities between 28-year-old and 5-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
The Juventus striker achieved legendary status for his United performances between 2003 and 2009 before being picked up by Real Madrid, and Rooney believes Salah is scaring the defenders, as the Portuguese used to do at Old Trafford.
The United record player told The Times: “Mo Salah is starting to do what Ronaldo did for Manchester United by being there and not really returning to defense, but always a threat if you are a defender or midfielder playing against him. You are afraid of him when you counterattack. "
Salah will fight for a spot in Klopp's starting XI again when Liverpool are back on Everton for the first time in over three months on Sunday.
The Reds have only lost two points throughout the season and are expected to return to winning ways in a crucial Merseyside derby that is being held behind closed doors in Goodison Park due to the continuing threat of coronavirus.
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