InterviewFernando Torres on Salah, Reds' forwards and Klopp
Fernando Torres has no doubt that Mohamed Salah is currently the best player in the world.
Liverpool’s No.11 has been in scintillating form throughout the opening months of the season, scoring 15 goals and recording six assists in just 14 matches across the Premier League and Champions League.
And Torres, who netted 81 goals in 141 appearances for the Reds, believes a man he shared a dressing room with at Chelsea has elevated himself to the pinnacle of the game.
“One hundred per cent. I think not only this year, the last two or three seasons have been amazing,” the ex-Spain international replied, when asked by Liverpoolfc.com if Salah is the world’s finest at present.
“You’re always talking about individual trophies for players when they win trophies at the same time, but I think he has been one of the best two or three players in the world in the past five or six years. It’s amazing, the consistency.
“You can see he breaks all the records and keeps scoring goals. We chat sometimes and I’m really happy for him because I saw him when he came to England – it was difficult at the beginning but he is a great guy and a great player and he is showing the world.”
As a former goalscoring great, Torres - now a youth coach at his beloved Atletico Madrid - is also hugely appreciative of Liverpool’s front-line as a collective.
“I really enjoyed watching the games when Mane, Firmino and Salah were up front and was enjoying them score,” he noted.
“Mo was my teammate at Chelsea and it was difficult for him at the beginning. I’m so happy to see him at the top of the world right now, scoring for fun and being one of the most important players in the world in the last few years.
“Diogo Jota was really young when he came to Atletico. We shared a pre-season together and it’s really nice to see how he is improving and being a really important player, starting for Liverpool many times and scoring goals.
“You can see when the team is working – and as a team it’s working – all the players get better. So, as a striker, I’m really enjoying watching these three or four players attacking, scoring goals and creating chances. It’s really exciting.”
Torres, a guest at Anfield for Wednesday night’s meeting with Atleti, went on to state his admiration for the transformative work of Jürgen Klopp during his reign at the club.
“It’s amazing. From outside you can see all the hard work the club is doing and Jürgen also. The level of the team is huge, it’s great. You can see the people are still enjoying. I think Jürgen understood from the first day the passion of the fans and they put it all together to create a great team,” he said, shortly before the Champions League fixture.
“Everybody remembers the team that won the Premier League back, and the Champions League. They are one of the contenders in the last few years; also this season.
“For me, it’s always special to see Liverpool playing and to be back in Liverpool is even more special because it’s the first time I will watch a game here in England since I retired – and it should be here in Liverpool.”