Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius says he considers Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to be "world class," but adds that it is still too early to compare him with Cristiano Ronaldo.
"This season is unbelievable. Of course he's on that level, but the biggest difference is that Ronaldo did this over so many years. It's too early to put Mo with him," Karius told Sky Germany on Wednesday.
Salah and Ronaldo will be face-to-face on Saturday when Liverpool play Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Although both players scored 44 goals this season, Karius says comparisons are not professional.
"I don't want to take anything away from Mo - he's world class this season. But Ronaldo performed over so many years to be up there with the best, you have to prove it season after season.”
"I hope he can do it. I wish he can do it. He's still really young and has a lot of space to improve even more," Karius explained.
This year, the 25-year-old Salah played the best season ever played by an Egyptian, scoring 44 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions this season.
He has clinched all individual titles in the Premier League, including Player of the Year and the Golden Boot, and will get the chance to add to that tally in Saturday's game.
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