Kevin Strootman has the highest praise for Genoa teammate Albert Gudmundsson. ‘He reminds me of when Mohamed Salah was at Roma.’

The Dutch veteran would know, as he was part of that Roma team where Salah really exploded onto the football scene.

Salah scored 34 goals and provided 22 assists in 83 appearances for the Giallorossi from 2015 to 2017.

That earned him a €42m move to Liverpool in the summer of 2017 and he went on to become one of the consistently best players in European club football.

Now Strootman maintains current Genoa teammate Gudmundsson can follow in those footsteps.

“If he keeps improving, he won’t stay at Genoa for long,” Strootman told Il Secolo XIX newspaper.

“He reminds me of Salah when he was at Roma, in that every now and then he disappears. Much like Salah then, he would have four or five chances per match and only score at most one.

“They used to say that if Salah was more clinical, he would be playing for Liverpool, and that is exactly what happened. All joking aside, Gudmundsson is a devastating player and also an exemplary professional.”

Gudmundsson is already 26 years old and the Iceland international has made a real impact for Genoa with seven goals and one assist in 13 appearances between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

He plays primarily on the left side of a trident attack, but can also work on the right or behind the striker.

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