Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah has what it takes to follow the likes of Lionel Messi and play at the top level into his thirties. 

The 29-year-old Egyptian star joined the Premier League 100 club on Sunday against Leeds United and seems to be showing so signs of slowing down. 

Salah has broken numerous records since arriving on Merseyside and continues to lead the Reds’ goalscoring charts each season.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, Klopp has claimed the winger could have many more years left amongst the elite yet. 

Never spoke to him about how long he wants to play, but he has all the things you need to do that. He is physically more the type of Lionel Messi, similar height, similar weight probably. So, all these guys [Messi, Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski] needed to be lucky with injuries, not that they were not without injuries, but they always could come back without any further harm and that’s very important. Mo has all the things, I’m pretty sure, the way he sees football, he wants to be a part of the game as long as he can somehow and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to do that. It is about attitude obviously, you want it because I’m pretty sure a couple of players finished their career because they just couldn’t be that motivated anymore. They thought ‘Okay, it is fine, I won this, I won that, but I’m not the same as I was a few years ago’ and that is why people finish their careers. I can’t see that with Mo, I’m pretty sure Mo wants to squeeze each day out of his career as well.

This season Salah has already notched three league goals and provided one assist in the opening four matches. 


Given the 69-cap Egyptian’s physical condition, it’s hard to foresee a drop-off in performance anytime soon. 

A non-drinker and in expert hands day in day out, Salah has all the attributes of a player set to remain at the pinnacle of the game way into his next decade. 

Liverpool will be desperate the majority of that time is spent at Anfield by extending his current contract beyond its current 2023 expiration

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