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The topic of the best player in the world has always been one of heated debate, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi put in this category, but Mohamed Salah has recently entered the fray after a blistering start to the season.
'The Egyptian King' has netted 12 goals in 11 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool so far this season and prompted Jurgen Klopp to declare him as the best player in the world right now on current form.
"Come on, who is better than him? We don't have to talk about what [Lionel] Messi and Ronaldo have done for world football and their dominance but, right now, he is the best," said Klopp after Liverpool's 5-0 win over Watford in quotes published by The Mirror.
"His performance was massive. The pass for the first goal was great and the second goal was special. He is top, we all see it."
He has since clarified his comments further by refusing to place him above Ronaldo when comparing the two superstars' attributes, ahead of Manchester United's showdown with the Reds on Sunday.
"Why should we compare them?
"Both are world-class players. Mo's left foot is probably better. Cristiano is slightly better in the air and with the right foot. Both pretty quick and desperate to score goals."
Both Ronaldo and Salah are on this year's shortlist for the Ballon d'Or, with the former hoping to draw level alongside Lionel Messi by claiming the prize for a sixth time.
Salah is yet to win the prestigious accolade bestowed French news magazine France Football, but has twice won the African Footballer of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
Liverpool goalscoring legend Ian Rush echoed Klopp's sentiments and believes that Salah could lead the Reds to a haul of trophies come the end of the season.
"One of the reasons I fancy Liverpool on all fronts this season is because Mohamed Salah is in the form of his life," he told Gambling.com in quotes published by The Mirror.
"I would go as far as to say that he is playing even better now than he was in his first season at Liverpool when he ended up with an unbelievable 44 goals in 52 games overall."
"The goals that he is scoring, at the moment, are very good. But how can you forget about Lewandowski? How can you forget about Benzema? How can you forget doing it at the national level also?
"Right now, he's suffering a bit with Egypt. It's not easy. But he's not doing it there yet. But those goals are ridiculous. I love Salah. But he's not yet the best."
This year's Ballon d'Or winner will be announced at the ceremony on Monday 29th November.
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