Liverpool’s talisman earns plenty of plaudits for what he does with a ball at his feet – but his ability to keep himself in peak physical condition is crucial to getting the most out of his talent
Salah is very much the man of the hour over at Anfield – his hat-trick at Old Trafford on Sunday just the latest stunning feat in a season that has already been littered with magical moments from the former Chelsea forward.
Fifteen goal contributions in nine league games so far has led many to dub Salah the best player on the planet – a title only given to one of Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo over the course of the last decade and a half.
However, Salah is leaving players, pundits and fans alike slack-jawed in amazement with each passing match-week as he enjoys what is undoubtedly the best form of his career to date.
While his goal-scoring exploits are well-documented, Salah’s dedication to honing his physique and achieving peak fitness in similar fashion to Ronaldo is not as often discussed.
However, his hard work in the gym was recently bared out for all to see – a goal against Crystal Palace was celebrated by whipping off the shirt to flex a body that requires quite the work ethic to maintain.
“He has dedicated his life towards becoming the ultimate athlete,” says one training ground source.
“When you have a body like his, it gives a player longevity as well as the possibility to deliver great moments.”
Plenty of Liverpool’s backroom staff tasked with keeping the players ticking over fitness-wise believe Salah’s physique is superior to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Messi.
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Salah has spent hours harnessing his upper body strength, something that allows him to reach the kind of speed most Premier League defenders fear.
All of the Egyptian’s dedication in the gym came to fruition for his first – Liverpool’s third on Sunday evening.
After his effort was blocked by Harry Maguire, Salah was quick to notice the loose ball had landed at the feet of Naby Keita – he sprung into action, bursting into a sprint between Maguire and Luke Shaw to get on the end of his teammate’s low, drilled cross.
The 29-year-old used a mix of pace and power to leave Shaw in his wake, before his upper body strength came into fruition to fend off the impending challenge from Maguire before lashing his effort beyond David de Gea.
While the debate rages on as to whether Salah has toppled the likes of Messi and Ronaldo to currently hold the status of best player on the planet, for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp it is not even a question.
“Come on, who is better than him?” Klopp said. “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.