Edin Dzeko has heaped praise on former team-mate Mohamed Salah, as he prepares for Roma’s massive Champions League clash with Liverpool.
The Reds host their Italian opponents in the semi-final first leg on Tuesday, with Anfield sure to cook up a sensational atmosphere.
It is quite comfortably both sides’ biggest match of the season, with a place in next month’s final in Kiev up for grabs.
Dzeko and Salah are sure to be two of the most pivotal figures on show, with their attacking prowess so important for their sides.
The Egyptian will come up against his former club, having joined Liverpool last summer to enjoy the most spectacular opening season in the club’s history.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Dzeko was full of praise for the Reds’ star man, and admits his absence is being felt at Stadio Olimpico.
“First of all it’s such a shame he left here, but obviously he had to go.
“At the end he did right because he’s doing some amazing things in the Premier League, which is not the easiest league to play in.
“Mo-Mo’s a great player and a great guy and hopefully he can break some records this year because 40 goals in England is a lot.
“I hope he’s going to score more in the Premier League but not the Champions League.
“Last year I scored 39 goals. This year I scored, let’s say, only 20.
“I’m very happy for him that he left—but we are missing him.”
It is sure to be another nerve-jangling occasion at Anfield, as Liverpool bid to reach their first Champions League final for 11 years.
Salah’s impact is going to be so vital, with the 25-year-old right up there with the world’s most in-form players.
To score 41 goals this season is an astonishing achievement, and downing his former club over the next two of weeks will further add to his legend.
You certainly wouldn’t bet against it given the campaign he is enjoying.