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Gabriel Jesus has told The National that Mohamed Salah is “quality”.
The Brazil international was speaking to the UAE outlet ahead of Brazil’s friendly in Abu Dhabi against South Korea.
The 22-year-old was quizzed on a number of subjects, including what he thought of forwards Salah and Riyad Mahrez. Talking about the former, he said:
“Salah has showed his quality in the last two seasons, he has scored a lot. I don’t train with him, but I know he is quality.”
Salah has been in fantastic form ever since he moved to Anfield from AS Roma in 2017. In each of the two full seasons he has been in Merseyside, he has finished as the Premier League’s top scorer. He bagged 32 goals in his first campaign, before scoring 22 last year.
So far, Jesus has had to make do with a rotation role in Manchester City’s squad. In just under three years, the former Palmeiras striker has started just 68 matches in all competitions for the Citizens, but has still managed to score 50 goals and provide 19 assists during that time.
He has been a regular goalscorer, and his record of 18 in 38 games for the Selecao again shows just how much quality he has up front.
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His guaranteed starting spot is currently blocked by Sergio Aguero. The Argentina international has started eight Premier League games so far this term, scoring nine goals during that time. But at 31 years of age and with less than two years left on his contract, he probably doesn’t have too many terms left with Pep Guardiola’s side.
When he eventually does depart, £63m-valued Jesus will surely be primed to take his place.
When he does, Salah and Jesus could start off a rivalry for the top tier’s Golden Boot. The Egypt international is currently contracted until 2023 and, with a Transfermarkt market value of £135m, many clubs could be put off by the potentially huge fee they would need to pay to purchase him.
As such, his future looks to be secure at Liverpool, and he has proven he will be the man to beat as the number one marksmen. Jesus’ record so far, though, shows he has what it takes. Time will tell whether he can actually do it.