Ronaldo's Duel With Salah Takes Centre Stage As Man Utd Face Liverpool
Manchester, United Kingdom, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Oct, 2021 ) :Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah will go head to head for the right to be billed as the Premier League's top dog when Manchester United face arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
But Ronaldo hasn't been far behind with a series of crucial goals underlining his superstar status.
Without a win in their last three league games, United are four points behind second-placed Liverpool.
United need Ronaldo to continue his knack of rising to the big occasion, while unbeaten Liverpool hope Salah can continue his blistering streak.
Just 24 hours later, Ronaldo stole the European spotlight with the late headed winner that completed United's fightback from two goals down to beat Atalanta 3-2.
But he admitted Salah's red-hot run makes him a fearsome proposition.
"I'll always back Cristiano in any competition. He's unique. That being said, Salah, at the moment, he's on fire," Solskjaer said.
"We know we have to be at our best to defend against him. We have to focus on them for 95 minutes to keep a clean sheet.
"I'm a big fan of Liverpool's front three. We have to enjoy the players, though not Salah on Sunday, of course." - True greatness - Asked to debate the virtues of the pair on Friday, Klopp took a diplomatic approach as he highlighted each star's quality.
"Why should we compare Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah? Obviously both are world-class players, so that's how it is," he said.
"Even when Ronaldo's left foot is not that bad, I would say Mo's left foot is probably better.
"Maybe then Cristiano in the air is slightly better and the right foot is probably better.
"But speed-wise they are both pretty quick, very desperate to score goals, so maybe that's it." It is the ability to propel a team to silverware that defines true greatness and, on that front, Ronaldo has the edge, for now.
Salah, whose contract expires in 2023, is reportedly looking for a new deal that would make him one of the Premier League's highest paid players alongside Ronaldo.
The 36-year-old has amassed 124 goals in 300 United appearances over his two spells with the club.
He has also won the Ballon d'Or fives times and is the record goalscorer in both the Champions League and international football.
However, Klopp believes Salah has the right character to stay at the top for years to come.
"Mo is incredibly professional. He's really the first and very often the last out of all the players," Klopp said.
"He's constantly interested in all the different things he has to do to improve. He has still a lot to give, 100 percent."