Roy Keane outlines what Liverpool FC star must do to reach Lionel Messi’s level

The Man United legend says Mohamed Salah needs to fire Liverpool FC to silverware to justify comparisons to Lionel Messi

Man United legend Roy Keane Photo: Screen grab

Roy Keane has warned Mohamed Salah that he needs to fire Liverpool FC to silverware to justify comparisons to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Egypt international moved to Liverpool FC in a £39m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Salah has scored 31 goals in 33 games in the Premier League this season to win the PFA player of the year award for his prolific form.

The African star has scored 11 times in 13 appearances in the Champions League to help the Reds reach the Champions League semi-final.

Salah scored twice and made two assists in 5-2 win over Serie A giants AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League last four.

The 25-year-old has scored 43 times in all competitions to leave the African star four goals short of Ian Rush’s club record of 47 goals in a season.

Former Manchester United captain Keane highlighted what Salah needs to achieve to justify comparisons to FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I always look at the strikers playing well and he has been compared to Ronaldo and Messi,” Keane told ITV.

“I think you still have to end up with one or two trophies with your club at the end of the season.

“Part of my make-up when I played with players was if my strikers are scoring 25-30 goals like Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, we have to win trophies.

“Liverpool haven’t done that yet. If they end up winning the Champions League and he scores in the final, then start giving out the prizes.

“He still has to do a bit more for me and that is getting his hands on a trophy at club level.”

Liverpool FC will make the return trip to Rome to take on AS Roma in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in the Italian capital next month.

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