On the precipice of winning an unprecedented quadruple with Liverpool and fresh off winning the 2022 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award, Mohamed Salah thinks very few footballers are near his level.
The Egyptian forward is enjoying yet another stellar season at Anfield, having found the net 30 times and provided 16 assists in all competitions as he helps the Reds in their bid to claim the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League titles, on top of the Carabao Cup they won in February.
As such, the 29-year-old believes nobody other than himself can lay claim to being the best in the world "in his position".
Speaking to beIN SPORTS, the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finalist said: "If you compare me with any player in my position, not only in my team but in the world, you will find that I am the best.
"I always focus on my work and do my best, and my numbers are the best proof of my words.
"I like to always create a new challenge for me, to work in a different way and to make a difference, and that is my duty."
Jurgen Klopp's men are on course to outdo the Manchester United side of 1998/99 and win a quadruple, but before they can do that, they must overcome a three-point deficit in the Premier League, as well as defeat Chelsea and Real Madrid, two teams Salah has history with, in the respective cup finals they have reached.
The Blues were the first English side the Egypt captain played for but he left them in 2015 to join Italian side Fiorentina on loan, before leaving permanently in 2016 for Roma after making just 19 appearances for the London club.
However, the forward looks back on his departure from Stamford Bridge with fondness.
"Before 2018, some said that I could not do anything after leaving Chelsea, but I continued and did great things, I think in a positive way and try to be on the right path."
Salah, who was unable to complete the full 90 minutes in the 2017/18 edition of the Champions League final against Real after being injured and substituted off in the 31st minute, is eager to exorcise those demons when the two sides meet again in Paris on 28 May.
"I remember the last final against Real Madrid as if it was yesterday. We are well prepared and hopefully we can take our revenge in the next final," he added.
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