When it comes to wingers, few teams in world football have better starting options than Liverpool.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are the Premier League’s answer to Bayern Munich pair Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, with the two African stars tearing defences apart this season.
Manchester City’s duo of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling are their only contenders in England’s top-flight, but Liverpool’s main men probably just edge the league leaders in this department.
Salah has been frightening since his arrival from Roma in the summer, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, while Mane has scored nine and provided five assists.
Against City, the pair – along with Roberto Firmino – were at their devastating best in the 4-3 win, highlighting that Jurgen Klopp’s side could be potential title winners in the near future.
Their main weapon is, of course, pace, with many wondering who is the quicker out of the two.
Well, Joe Gomez was asked that exact question in an interview with Liverpool’s official website and his response was certainly different to previous ones.
GOMEZ’S INTERESTING TAKE
He doesn’t actually pick one, rather he highlights the different types of pace Africa’s two finest players give Liverpool.
“The thing is, Sadio over three or four yards – when he stops it, shifts it and goes – you can’t stop him,” he said.
“They have probably got speed in different ways. Mo can just keep going and maintains that speed throughout, so for the through ball it’s nice to have him on the receiving end. But Sadio is very quick as well.”
Gomez has spent much of his season working with Salah out on the right-flank and the former Charlton man has been a huge fan of watching the Egyptian star do his thing.
“It’s nice to play alongside him on the right flank – you feed him the ball and let him do what he does,” Gomez notes with satisfaction.
“He has been outstanding for us and I think he’ll continue to keep scoring the way he does because it’s not just luck – it’s his ability and his eye for goal.
“On the ball, he makes his own space whether with his skill or his strength because he holds people off very well. When you give it to him, nine times out of 10 he is creating something or keeping the ball.
“He is world-class – he has proved that.”