Mohamed Salah sent Luis Suarez message as Liverpool ‘joke’ highlighted

Mohamed Salah’s seventh-place Ballon d’Or finish has been branded “a joke” by Jose Enrique.

And Enrique believes Liverpool would have struggled to make the top six last season without Salah’s goals.

Salah was placed outside the top five in last week’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris as Lionel Messi scooped a record seventh crown in the French capital.

Liverpool were forced to rally late in the season to finish third in the Premier League after being knocked out of the Champions League finals at the quarter-final stage and a No.1 spot for Salah always looked improbable as a result of an ordinary campaign at Anfield.

But Enrique says Salah won’t be losing any sleep over it and thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side would have suffered a disastrous season had it not been for the Egypt star’s 31 goals.

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Enrique told the ECHO: “For me, I don’t agree with the Ballon d’Or anyway.

“It doesn’t have to be the best player who has won stuff with their club because it is a team game. I understand that.

“But to put Mo Salah seventh after what he did for Liverpool last year is a bit of a joke!

“I understand if maybe he finished third because first and second was between Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, but for what he did for Liverpool I would give it to him now.

“A finish of top seven? He would laugh at that I am sure.

“What he did last season, scoring 31 goals when Liverpool were not performing well, he actually saved the season.

“So I don’t agree with the system sometimes with the Ballon d’Or and how they do things, but everyone has their own opinion.

“Some don’t agree with Messi winning the Ballon d’Or but for me, Messi would always be the winner as he is the world’s best player.

“Lewandowski could have won it as well, so you cannot argue with those two.

“But definitely Mo Salah is not seventh best in the world. He carried the team on his back last season.

“Alisson scored that header against West Brom and everything, but if it wasn’t for Salah, I am not sure Liverpool would finish in the top six last season.

“Even if he wasn’t having a good game because the team wasn’t as well, he always had a goal in him to win the game.

“Sometimes, it is not always about the team winning and that is why you cannot win the trophy.

“That is not what the Ballon d’O is about. So you can argue with many, many opinions.

“But for me, I would have to put Mo third behind Lewandowski and Messi.”

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Enrique spent close to 15 years on the left side of defences, including five at Anfield, and he’s watched on in awe as Salah has tormented his fellow full-backs on the right of Liverpool’s attack.

With 19 goals and nine assists for a title-chasing Reds, there are few have been able to stop Salah in his tracks and speaking on behalf of 888sport, Enrique says there is little any one player can do against Liverpool’s No.11.

“To be honest with you, when I played against this kind of player, like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, what you have to do is wait to see what they do and try to beat them through your speed or strength,” Enrique adds.

“But to beat Salah with that is tough as well!

“So I believe one-v-one, he is a player who is unstoppable.

“It has to be a team that defends against him more than a one-v-one situation because Mo Salah with space, I believe he will destroy you.

“Apart from maybe Van Dijk, I believe he will destroy any other defender. So for me, definitely this season he has been the best player in the world up until now.”

But how does Salah compare to the greatest player Enrique says he ever played with in Luis Suarez?

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Enrique was a team-mate of the Uruguayan at Anfield when his 31 goals almost fired Liverpool to a first Premier League title in 24 years in 2014.

Salah still has a way to go before he is considered a superior Liverpool player to the current Atletico Madrid man, Enrique says.

“To be honest, I want to see this season of Salah in full and maybe I would change my opinions to him!” says the Spaniard.

“For me, Suarez is the best player I’ve ever seen.

“You can compare the two teams of Liverpool that nearly won the league 13/14 with the one now, but the reality is Salah has Firmino, Jota and Mane all scoring as well.

“And how dependent were we on Luis at times? He would take the ball past three or four defenders and do something. I’ve never seen that before.

“They also play in two different positions. Salah is more of a winger who comes inside, Luis was a proper No.9, wasn’t he?

“Well, Luis was everything really but he played as a No.9. So I still have my doubts whether Salah is better.

“I played with Luis as well, so maybe that is why my opinion is what it is.

“I still put Suarez in that kind of level, ahead a little bit. If Salah continues as he is, I might change my mind. Just not yet.”

Jose Enrique was speaking on behalf of 888sport. Head to 888sport for the latest Premier League odds.

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