Mohamed Salah tipped to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by ex-Liverpool colleague Philippe Coutinho

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has backed Mohamed Salah to star at this summer's World Cup.

Mohamed Salah tipped to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by ex-Liverpool colleague Philippe Coutinho

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has backed Mohamed Salah to star at this summer's World Cup.

03 June 2018 Sunday 20:38
Mohamed Salah tipped to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by ex-Liverpool colleague Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho backs Salah and Neymar to shine at this summer's World Cup and rival Messi and Ronaldo as the world's best players

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has backed Mohamed Salah to star at this summer's World Cup.

And the Barcelona attacker also thinks his ex-Reds teammate can eventually rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or alongside Neymar.

Messi and Ronaldo have shared the Ballon d'Or for the past 11 years, with ex-AC Milan star Kaka being the last player to outside the duo to win the prestigious award.

Salah blasted in 44 goals for Liverpool in what was a stunning debut season at Anfield, with Coutinho helping the Egyptian thrive before his own January departure to Barcelona.

Coutinho was back at Anfield on Sunday to play a part in Brazil's 2-0 win over Croatia , and the attacking midfielder thinks former team-mate Salah and current Selecao colleague Neymar can eventually usurp Messi and Ronaldo as the planet's finest players.

"It feels like the right moment for ­someone to take their chance at this World Cup," Coutinho said.

"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.

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"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."

Coutinho played 20 games alongside Salah prior to his £142million switch to Barca, and the Brazil international thinks the Egypt forward will be a huge star at Anfield for years to come.

He added: "Watching Mo Salah since then has been amazing.

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