Liverpool legend has likened the achievements of Mo Salah this season to greats like Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry.
Salah joined the Reds from Roma last summer for a then club record £36.9million, but his impressive debut campaign has made him look like a bargain buy.
The Egyptian has bagged 39 goals across all competitions and has helped Liverpool to the semi finals of the Champions League and third on the Premier League.
And now former Kop defender Carragher admits that Salah’s seven strikes in his last four games shows that the 25-year old has moved ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne in the running for this season’s PFA award.
“All season I thought De Bruyne would win it,”
Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.
“About a month ago I said that Salah was on De Bruyne’s coattails but now I honestly think he’s gone past him.
“He scored four against Watford, got the late winner at Palace and then scored home and away against City.
“What Salah is doing is unprecedented. Ronaldo is the only player who has scored that number of goals from playing out wide.
“Even Thierry Henry, possibly the greatest player ever to grace the Premier League, only got 39 goals in his most prolific season ever.
That shows the kind of company Salah is in.
“He’s still got five Premier League games left and potentially three more in the Champions League.
“Salah has to win Player of the Year now. You’d be hard pushed to make a case against him.”
Speaking on Liverpool’s Champions League performance at the Etihad, Carragher added;
“It wasn’t a brilliant performance in the second leg, but what the team did show on the night was brilliant character,” Carragher said.
“It was a nightmare start with City getting the early goal and they exerted a lot of pressure in that first half.
“City did to Liverpool what we did to them in the first half of the first leg. The goal lifted the crowd and we had to hang in there.
“To not concede again over the course of 90 minutes was testament to how well Liverpool defended.
The organisation, the work rate and the commitment from everyone was spot on.
“A lot of people, myself included, have questioned the mental toughness of Liverpool during Klopp’s tenure. At times when they have been under big pressure in games they have wilted.
“That was the great thing for all Liverpool supporters the other night – they dug in.
“I was always confident that Liverpool would score. The way that City were set up it was basically three v three for 90 minutes.
We have too much quality at the top end not to create really good opportunities.”
“Van Dijk has been getting a lot of plaudits and rightly so. Since he’s come in there’s been a big change defensively,” Carragher said.
“But Lovren was brilliant. It was one of his best games in a Liverpool shirt. I thought he was outstanding.
“There are still questions marks over him at certain times but Lovren and Van Dijk have shown they are Liverpool’s best centre-back pairing.
“Van Dijk’s presence has given confidence to players around him and Lovren has probably benefited more than anyone else.”
Liverpool were lucky when Leroy Sane’s goal towards the end of the first half was wrongly disallowed for offside.
“As soon as it went in and the camera panned to the assistant who was talking into his mouthpiece I thought it was going to get over-turned and the goal would be given,” Carragher said.
“Milner didn’t appeal for offside because he knew it had come off him. When the referee still disallowed it I celebrated like it was a Liverpool goal.
“It was a massive moment. If City had gone in 2-0 up rather than 1-0 the feeling would have been very different. That was a bit of luck but over the two legs there’s no doubt Liverpool deserved to go through.”
“There’s no doubt that Liverpool can win it,” he added.
“This team is better than the one I played in that won the Champions League in 2005.
When I said that earlier this season, a few people laughed but this is a top Liverpool team with a top manager.
“Yes, Man City have been more consistent this season – the league table shows that – but Liverpool beat them 5-1 over two legs.
“They are still outsiders but they’ve got to take great confidence from knocking out Man City.”
Carragher will prefer a Liverpool/Roma semi final clash to heavyweights – Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
He said: “I’d go for Roma because they haven’t been this far for a long time. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have much more European experience.”
“For Liverpool to have to beat either Real or Bayern in the semis and then probably the other one in the final would be tough.
“Roma played very well in the Nou Camp and they were unlucky to lose 4-1 before producing that amazing fightback in the second leg.
“They are no mugs but I think they could be affected by a big night at Anfield more than say Real or Bayern.
“I’d be looking for Roma but to be fair, I’m sure Roma are saying the same thing about Liverpool.
They are the two new kids on the block in the last four.”