Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk prematurely celebrated Mohamed Salah's first goal vs Atletico Madrid

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Mohamed Salah's claim to be the best player in the world was boosted on Tuesday in Liverpool's thrilling 3-2 win against Atletico Madrid.

The Egyptian is playing at a ridiculous level right now and he helped the Reds secure a vital win in the Champions League with a brace.

His first goal came in the eighth minute when Salah cut inside from the right and lashed the ball beyond Jan Oblak with the aid of a deflection.

Then in the second half, after the hosts had fought back from 2-0 down, Salah restored Liverpool's lead from the penalty spot.

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Is Salah the best player in the world?

That's now 12 goals this season for the 29-year-old and the argument over his status as the world's best player is mounting.

Jamie Carragher believes he is no.1, but the former Liverpool defender's opinion was dismissed by Thierry Henry on CBS Sports on Tuesday.

"Not yet,” Henry told Carragher. “The goals that he is scoring, at the moment, are very good.

"But how can you forget about Lewandowski? How can you forget about Benzema? How can you forget doing it at the national level also?"

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Van Dijk knows Salah is king

Regardless, Salah is untouchable right now and his teammates clearly have complete faith in him.

We've reached the point where anytime Salah picks up the ball in a dangerous area, it could end up in the back of the net within seconds.

Virgil van Dijk knows this.

The Liverpool centre-back has been captured prematurely celebrating Van Dijk's opener against Atletico Madrid, raising his hands aloft before the Egypt international even struck his shot.

How's that for confidence?

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That's just where we're at with Salah now.

His goal against Watford last weekend was proof that no space is too tight for the former Chelsea winger.

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Van Dijk always knows

And it's not the first time that Van Dijk has prematurely celebrated a Salah strike

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Van Dijk: 'He's incredible'

Salah might have left it too late to mount a serious Ballon d'Or charge, but Van Dijk has no doubt that his teammate belongs in the conversation.

"He’s an incredible football player,” Van Dijk said ahead of the Atletico match.

“We’re very very happy with the form he’s in. He’s definitely up there."

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