Date: 12th August 2019 at 7:30pm
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Adrian Durham believes Liverpool attackers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are among the best five players in the world.

The talkSPORT broadcaster was asked to name the five best players in the world in his opinion on Monday, and kicked off his list by raving about Salah.

“His goal scoring record is phenomenal, the reason he is not higher is because it didn’t quite happen for him at the African Cup of Nations this summer,” said Durham on talkSPORT (17:38, Monday. August 12th).

Durham then shared that Mane was fourth in his list and teased that he may have ended up winning the Balon D’or if Senegal had won the African Cup of Nations earlier in the summer.

“My number four is Sadio Mane, if he had won the African Cup of Nations, if Senegal won it, I think he would have been up for Balon D’or, but that might just count against him,” explained Durham.

“But again he has been sensationally good.”

Durham then shared that he believes Manchester’s City Kevin De Bruyne is the third-best player in the world, with his Man City teammate Raheem Sterling second, before adding that he thinks Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player in the world.

The talkSPORT broadcaster omitted Reds centre-back Virgil Van Dijk from his list of the best players of the world but claimed he just missed out on making the cut alongside Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva.

OPINION

Salah and Mane make Durham’s list but Van Dijk doesn’t? Surely that’s a mistake. While the attacking Reds duo are both fantastic players, it’s hard to ignore that they’ve made the broadcaster’s list ahead of the 28-year-old defender. Van Dijk is arguably the best defender in the world, and you feel Durham’s list favours attacking players for no reason at all. While attacking players are the ones that usually steal the headlines, as goals win games, it doesn’t mean defensive-minded players shouldn’t be listed among the best five players in the world. After all, if you look at the centre-back’s stats from his Premier League campaign in the 2018/19 season, he looks too good to ignore. Van Dijk helped the Reds rack up 20 clean sheets in their 28 league outings, won 74% of his 38 tackles, won 244 duels, made 199 clearances and even contributed three goals to the cause (Source: Premier League).