Paul Merson 'feels sorry' for Mo Salah and says he deserves better

Paul Merson believes Mo Salah deserves better than he's getting right now. He somewhat 'feels sorry' for the Liverpool star.

Paul Merson has come to the 'defence' of Mo Salah this week in a column for Sky Sports. The former Arsenal player doesn't believe Salah gets anywhere near enough credit for just how good he is.

"In a way, I feel sorry for Salah," says Merson. "I really don't think he gets the credit he deserves for what he's done and is doing at Liverpool. He's similar to Wayne Rooney for me in that regard. He was another who didn't get the credit he deserved.

"Salah puts up figures that blow everyone away. 200 goals for Liverpool already, playing on the right wing. It's extraordinary.

"Everyone tells me that Bukayo Saka is one of the best wingers in the world but playing in exactly the same position as Salah, he gets nowhere near his figures.

"What Salah produces at the highest level is just mind blowing. We talk about Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, who are unbelievable footballers, but they won't score as many as Salah put together."

"He's definitely in the top five players in the world for me. He always gets massive goals in massive football matches, and I can't speak highly enough of him as a player."

Salah has sort-of-quietly been one of the all-time greatest Premier League players over the last few years. He doesn't really get mentioned as one of the absolute very best to play in the league, even if his success suggests he should be.

And perhaps that's because of how he started. Salah arrived at Liverpool and immediately broke the Premier League scoring record - and hasn't threatened to do that again.

If you flipped his seasons around - and he was scoring 32 league goals just last season - you'd likely see a bit more hype around him as a Premier League great. In truth, though, that kind of reputation is absolutely coming once Salah steps away from the English top flight.

His body of work is up there with the very best seen in the Premier League and Salah will be remembered as such.

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