Man Utd icon Gary Neville compares ‘outstanding’ Liverpool star to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Former Manchester United star Gary Neville has compared Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to Cristiano Ronaldo. The high praise came after Salah scored his hundredth Premier League goal.

Salah was on the scoresheet as Liverpool beat Leeds United 3-0 on Sunday, and the Egyptian’s goal took his career tally to a century in the Premier League.

The Reds forward brought up the record in his 162nd match in the English top-flight, putting him in an elite group of goalscorers.

Only four players in the history of the competition have reached the landmark tally in fewer games – Alan Shearer (124 games), Harry Kane (141), Sergio Aguero (147) and Thierry Henry (160).

But Salah’s style of play is slightly different to the quartet who beat him to the century, with Neville saying that there are similarities between him and Ronaldo.

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Neville was speaking in his Sky Sports podcast, and said that Salah’s focus on goalscoring was reminiscent of Man Utd’s recent Portuguese signing.

“We talk about Ronaldo being single-minded to score goals, and that’s what Salah is,” Neville said.

“He is single-minded, more single-minded than Firmino and Mane. He is absolutely outstanding.”

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Ronaldo has scored an astonishing 676 career goals in club football, with the latest two in that tally coming on his first game back at United.

The 36-year-old led the line against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon, scoring twice to set his side on course for a 4-1 win.

Ronaldo needs 14 more Premier League goals to bring up his ton in the division.

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Salah already has three goals to his name in four Premier League games so far this season, with Liverpool looking back to their best after a disappointing showing last season.

However, Jurgen Klopp is not getting carried away with the display against Leeds, urging his team to sharpen up further.

“I’m not interested in the form we had when we won the title, I am interested in the best possible shape we can have now, and I don’t even know it,” Klopp said.

“We pressed exceptionally well, that’s why we won a lot of balls, that’s why we could play from there,” the Liverpool boss added.

“It was, of course, far away from being perfect; we scored nice goals but we should have had more clear-cut chances.

Liverpool return to action against AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, before welcoming Crystal Palace to Anfield in the Premier league on Saturday.
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