​Holland and ​AC Milan legend, Ruud Gullit has made a huge claim, accusing ​Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah of "cheating" when it comes to trying to win back possession - similar to ​Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi.


Salah endured a frustrating night during the ​Reds 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the first-leg round of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, as he could not find the space to score despite his side dominating possession for large periods of the game.


Gullit who won the Ballon d'Or in 1987 and is widely hailed as the best attacker of his era, believes that the Egyptian does not work as much as team-mates, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in getting back possession.



"The only one who is maybe less hard working of everybody is Salah, he cheats sometimes. If you look at [Sadio] Mane and [Roberto] Firmino, there is a difference. But he is the one who can cheat a little bit, but they still do hard work. You see him doing it [going backwards] but he cheats. It's in a way 'I am going to tackle you' but he doesn't," he said to beIN SPORTS, as quoted by ​Dailystar.


"If you see for instance Messi, he wanders around all the time. It is cheating. That is his way, it's what he does. He wanders around and all the time you think 'When is this coming?’. That is the worst thing. And of course now with Liverpool, he [Salah] goes back into midfield, so then you don't have anybody and you have to look around to see who is coming forward.


"And Messi has done this for a very long time."


Despite such claims, there is no doubt that Salah is an integral part of the forward line both with and without possession and he has already netted 18 goals in 35 games so far this season.