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Steven Gerrard: Mo Salah Is The Greatest African To Play In The Premier League

Steven Gerrard: Mo Salah Is The Greatest African To Play In The Premier League

Mohamed Salah has been utterly sublime since returning to England for a second spell but you'd have to say Steven Gerrard is getting ahead of himself with his latest comments.

The Egyptian is just four goals from having the best ever goalscoring season in a Liverpool shirt, having netted 32 in all competitions after joining from AS Roma in the summer.

His scintillating displays have rightly earnt the 25-year old plenty of praise, with Gerrard inevitably showering Salah with superlatives. Yet, saying Salah is the best African to play in the Premier League is probably going a bit OTT.

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The former Liverpool and England skipper was put on the spot by Lynsey Hipgrave in a chat for BT Sport and you could see by his facial expressions that his mind had gone blank.

"It's a tough one. Yes, probably," he said when asked the question.

"I think you have to wait to see how he finishes the season, but if he continues to get goals and set a record, then you have to say yes."

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You'll notice that Gerrard overlooked the likes of Didier Drogba, Yaya and Kolo Toure, Michael Essien, Riyad Mahrez, Kanu, Yakubu, Lauren, Tony Yeboah, Jay-Jay Okocha and Emmanuel Adebayor.

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Ivorians Drogba and Toure are the two top dogs when it comes to African players and their achievements in England, with the two having six Premier League league titles between them, as well as the same amount of African Footballer of the Year awards.

Gerrard was also asked another Salah-related question later on in the broadcast when he asked to choose between he, Suarez and Torres - providing the following answer:

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"Fernando had a great phase at Liverpool, but Suarez did it for longer. And I believe if he was at Liverpool now he would still be hitting a 30 goal return.

"He also did an awful lot more away from the goals as well, assisting goals and the work rate he used ton put in for the team. So for me I'll be biased towards Suarez.

"But, if Salah goes on to continue to be consistent over a number go years and add silverware, that would give him an advantage over Torres and Suarez because they never won much."

Topics: Didier Drogba, Liverpool, Football News, Africa, Football, Premier League, Yaya Toure, Steven Gerrard, Liverpool FC, Mohamed Salah, Mo Salah

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