Ferdinand praises Salah who looked a ‘cut above’ and hints at new Liverpool partnership

Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand speaks Credit: Alamy
Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand speaks Credit: Alamy

Rio Ferdinand has been quick to praise Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and the impact that Darwin Nunez has had.

Salah scored a brace at the weekend which saw Liverpool returning to winning ways against Spurs.

Jurgen Klopp’s side now sit eighth in the table and are seven points behind Spurs in fourth place. The 2-1 win was significant for Liverpool, as was the brace scored by Salah.

The Egyptian forward had been having a frustrating start to the season, but this weekend served as a reminder of just how good he can be.

Ferdinand liked what he saw from Salah, as well as the link-up play from Nunez.

The pundit explained (via his YouTube channel): “Salah looked a cut above again. He looked back to being the Salah we’re accustomed to seeing. He was sharp.

“For the first goal, the pass, touch inside and the run. Nunez, linking up well.

“First half, they looked really good.”

Salah has now scored six Premier League goals this season as well as producing three assists.

The 30-year-old has had some critics this season, but Klopp was not fazed by Salah’s slow start.

The Liverpool manager explained: “Even with a ‘slow start’, he was involved in most chances in Europe, in football, but we didn’t take them or he didn’t take them.

“That can happen for a striker, it’s a completely normal phase, but how everybody knows, he will in the end when you look back on his career in four, five or six years, everybody will remember one of the best strikers you ever saw because the numbers will be absolutely insane.

“Tonight, what pleased me the most, he scored the two goals and then he played like a real, real team player. I am not surprised by it, but it is just important because he gets confronted with these questions as well, ‘slow start’ and these kind of things, and then it’s like you have to score a hat-trick here or whatever.

“He was all about first defending and then you will get your chances again. We were in these moments and I think he had a pretty big one, which he takes with one touch – if he takes two touches he was completely free and I think he could have finished it off there.

“So, [I am] really pleased for him, top performance and showed an outstanding attitude tonight.”

Next up for Liverpool is a midweek clash against Derby County in the EFL Cup.

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