Ex Liverpool superstar, Phillipe Coutinho backs his former teammate Mohamed Salah and national teammate Neymar Jr. to steal the show in the World Cup
In a recent report by Goal, it has been said that Mohamed Salah and Neymar could raise themselves to the top of the game during the World Cup, according to the Barcelona attacker Phillipe Coutinho. The Brazilian enjoyed playing alongside Mohamed Salah for Liverpool in the first part of the season before going to Barcelona and he claims that the Egyptian king has what it takes to deliver at the greatest stage.
Moreover, he is keeping an eye on Neymar’s game as well during the practice sessions and he believes the Brazilian poster boy can take the place held by Messi and Ronaldo for so long. Both Salah and Neymar are going into the tournament with injury concerns – Salah faces a race against time to be fit after hurting his shoulder in the Champions League final, while Neymar has not played since fracturing his foot in February. But Coutinho firmly believes that they will play well in Russia.
“It feels like the right moment for someone to take their chance at this World Cup,” said Coutinho.
“Messi and Ronaldo have been up there on their own for so many years. I think it may be time for other players to aspire to be the best in the world – and the best at this World Cup, too.”
“For me, Salah and Neymar have serious chances to do that. It depends on how the tournament goes, of course, but they have the talent to do it. Those are the players I would pick out.”
“Watching Mo Salah since then has been amazing,” he added.“He can do well in the World Cup, too – it all depends on how far his team can go. But we also know what Neymar can bring. He is a special player.”
It would be interesting to see if they can really pull off something spectacular to reach the level of Messi and Ronaldo.
Both Salah and Neymar are highly talented individuals but to reach the league of Ronaldo and Messi, they need to be at their best all the time which would be a challenge as they are coming back from an injury lay-off and would be tentative at the start, while Messi and Ronaldo would be at their very best to get their hands onto the Cup.