Dejan Lovren believes Mohamed Salah deserves to be in running to win the Ballon d’Or if he maintains his excellent goalscoring form.
“He is becoming the superstar,” Lovren told reporters. “It looks easy what he does but it is very difficult. Maybe I couldn’t look into the future in preseason and think he could do this.
“We help him, the manager helps and this style of play helps him a lot. He didn’t play that style before at Basel, Chelsea or Roma. They had different styles and this style suits him perfectly.
“Hopefully he will just stay injury free and that is the most important thing. And if he continues like that — I don’t know if this is the right time to put pressure on him — but I believe he should be regarded as one of the best three in the world at the end of the year.
“He deserves to be mentioned for the Ballon d’Or. When people talk about [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, they should also talk about Salah.
“He deserves the credit, but I think he deserves even more, to be honest. 43 goals guys!”
Depsite Liverpool conceding two late goals against Roma on Tuesday to keep the tie alive heading into next week’s return fixture, Lovren feels the Reds will arrive at the Stadio Olimpico extremely confident about adding to their advantage.
“We had so many chances, they are really open, they are a team that likes to play and that is good for us,” the centre-half said. “They now need to score. It will be a crazy atmosphere but we played in one similar at Man City and we know what we need to do if we score quite early I think it will be a quite different.
“I am really quite confident we will have chances again like [on Tuesday]. With our attack, I am not even worried.”
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