Van Dijk is asked whether Mo Salah is the best in the world – he nails his response

Mohamed Salah has had a dream first season at Liverpool.

Nobody would have expected him to achieve what he has achieved in his debut season at the Merseyside club.

The Egyptian has scored a ridiculous 43 goals in 47 appearances for the Reds.

He notched two more on Tuesday night, as well as bagging two assists, as Liverpool defeated Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

After that performance there was a lot of talk whether Salah should trump Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in in the race for the Ballon d’Or, with Sky Bet even making him joint-favourite for the award.

There has been a lot of debate whether Salah can be considered the best in the world after his performance on Tuesday night.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was asked the very same question in an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, and he absolutely nailed his response.

Whilst insisting that Salah was ‘up there’ with the best based on current form, Van Dijk stated that the Egyptian must do it over a number of years – as Messi and Ronaldo have done.

“You need to be honest. This season Mo has been unbelievable,” Van Dijk said.

“The numbers don’t lie, with the goals he’s scored, as a winger, and the assists he’s been giving. It’s been one hell of a season for him already.

“You don’t know what can happen. He deserves a lot already for the way he’s showed himself in his first season for Liverpool. He’s definitely up there, right now, with his current form.

“Those two in Spain [Ronaldo and Lionel Messi] – they have been doing it for years, consistently, so that’s maybe something for Mo to have in the future. I hope so.”

Well said, Van Dijk.

There’s no debating whether he is up there with Messi and Ronaldo based on current form. An argument can even be made that what Salah has actually been performing better than the two great men over the past few months.

But Salah has been performing at this level for a season, Messi and Ronaldo have been incredible for the past decade.

To be compared to Messi and Ronaldo, he has to do it over a number of years; as Van Dijk alluded to.

Van Dijk also had some nice words to say about Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, as well as Salah.

“They’re so clinical,” Van Dijk said. “You don’t need to give them a chance, because they are so lively, so sharp in front of the goal. With giving assists to each other, no one is selfish, everyone wants to do it for each other.

“The work they put in up front as well is phenomenal. It’s getting a bit under the radar – the work they do defensively.

“Obviously the goals have been unbelievable, but if you see them working for all of us that helps a lot. It’s a nightmare to play against those three.

“If you’re a ball-playing centre-back who wants to have the ball, you know those three are going to keep pressing you, not once, twice, but for the whole game. You don’t want to come up against those three.”