Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp labelled Mohamed Salah as the world’s best footballer right now, though did acknowledge the broader impact of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Liverpool ascended to the top of the table after cruising to a 5-0 thumping of Watford. Those that predicted a new manager bounce with Claudio Ranieri at the helm were quickly left disappointed.
In a humbling afternoon for Watford, Liverpool dominated from first minute to last and cut through the Hornets at will.
Reminiscent of previous years, all three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were on the scoresheet.
Salah dazzled and danced his way through Watford’s defence to bag another goal of the season contender, while Firmino went two better, bagging a hat-trick.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Klopp said: “It was good! I cannot say differently.
“After international break it is hard to find the rhythm after playing different systems, but the boys were so good despite only having one session before today.
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“I think Watford had ideas, but we didn’t let them play. The goals were really brilliant, there was great attitude, energy and character.”
Ignore Messi and Ronaldo, Salah is best right now – Klopp
When asked if Salah was the best in the business right now, Klopp said: “His performance was massive today.
“The pass for the first goal was great and the second goal was special. He is top. We all see it. Who is better than him?
“We don’t have to talk about what Messi and Ronaldo have done for world football and their dominance. But right now, he is the best.”