Robbie Fowler: “I’ve played with Rush, Barnes, Gerrard and McManaman – Salah has similar qualities”

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By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_

Former Liverpool hero Robbie Fowler believes that Mohamed Salah can go on to become a real Liverpool legend, describing the forward as ‘a real player’.

After the opening weeks of the current Premier League campaign, the Egyptian was being labelled as a one-season wonder for what some considered to be sup-par performances but, when speaking to the Daily Mirror, Fowler was quick to dismiss these claims.

He said: “You saw this last season and you’ve seen it again this time around. Napoli (in this month’s decisive final Champions League group game) was a brilliant example where he was the difference.

“So often he scores the first goal in a tight game, or the winning goal. It’s not a coincidence. Salah has shown already that he’s not a one-season wonder, he’s a real player.”

Having played with some of Liverpool Football Club’s biggest and best players in recent times
– as well as being one of them himself – Fowler knows a thing or two about talent, something he himself was eager to point out.

“I’ve played with the best at Liverpool, the likes of Rush and Barnes, Gerrard and McManaman, so I reckon I know a thing or two about what it takes. Salah has similar qualities, no doubt.”

He did, however, urge caution when it comes to comparing the Egyptian to those other players immortalised in Liverpool folklore, saying that the Reds’ No. 11 must continue to repeat his goalscoring feats over a long period of time to be considered as one of the true Anfield greats.

“Salah has to stay for a lot longer and keep producing the form and goals he’s got so far, if he is ever going to be considered on a par with the likes of Rushie, who for me is the best striker of them all.

“I’m not even going to remotely compare him to Rush or the others in the top six goal-scorers. Why? Not because I don’t rate him, but because I’m waiting. For at least another five years, I reckon.

“He’s already got almost 60 goals for Liverpool and there’s a good chance he’ll go past (Luis) Suarez and Fernando Torres this season on the all-time list. Those two got 82 and 81 respectively, and that’s not enough in terms of years or numbers.”

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