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Mohamed Salah insists he is quickest Liverpool player ahead of "very fast" trio


Premier League top-goalscorer Mohamed Salah has no doubt he is Liverpool’s fastest player and proclaimed he is “always choosing” himself ahead of three teammates

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Mohamed Salah declares he is the fastest player in the Liverpool squad – but admits three teammates can give him a run for his money when it comes to top speed.

The Egyptian attacker, 29, is known for his neck-breaking pace which has resulted in many a counter-attacking goal for the Reds since he joined from Roma in 2017.

Salah’s speed is quite so impressive because he maintains close control of the ball during his darting runs in a manner which has led to comparisons with seven-time Ballon d’Or-winner Lionel Messi.

Of course, a swift turn of foot is far from the only weapon in his arsenal and he has proved himself the complete forward with a varied selection of brilliant goals this season.

But Salah acknowledges speed is one of his main assets and has no doubt he is the quickest of Jurgen Klopp ‘s players ahead of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez.

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Mohamed Salah possesses lightning pace and brilliant close control

“Well, I don’t know. I just feel I’m fast,” the former Chelsea star told British GQ when asked how quick he is. “I try to use that in the game.”

He added: “When there is a ball in the space, I am the fastest. Virgil is very fast, Sadio is fast, Joe Gomez is very fast, but I’m always choosing myself.”

Like Salah, 29-year-old Mane has shown he is lethal when breaking forward on countless occasions since moving to Anfield from Southampton in 2016.

The duo have continued to strike fear Premier League defences this season with Salah scoring an astonishing 16 goals in 20 games and his partner managing half that number.

Van Dijk, 30, is also renowned for his remarkable recovery pace which is the product of a 6’4″ frame and gives him the ability to close down attackers who try to pass him.

Gomez, 24, is blessed with similar speed even though he stands two-inches smaller than his fellow centre-back.

Andy Robertson emphasised Van Dijk and Gomez’s pace while speaking in December 2020, but, in contrast to Salah, insisted he and Mane cannot keep up with the defenders.

Asked which Liverpool player would win a 100m sprint, the left-back told his Instagram story: “I am going to go for Virgil van Dijk.







Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk have been picked out as two of Liverpool’s fastest players
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“It would be between the two centre-halves, Virgil and Joey. Don’t think the wingers would have a chance.

“Hendo (Jordan Henderson) would love to put his name in the mix, so would Trent (Alexander-Arnold). Nowhere near it. It’s a race between the two quick centre-halves.”

Regardless of who is the fastest player in the squad, Liverpool are making do without Salah and Mane as they compete in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Salah’s Egypt fell to a 1-0 defeat by Nigeria in their opening game on Tuesday, but Mane fared better and scored a 97th-minute winner from the penalty spot for Senegal against Zimbabwe the previous day.

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