On Saturday, Watford faced the best player in the world in Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, according to Claudio Ranieri.
In the second half of the Hornets’ 5-0 thumping, the Egyptian produced a fantastic assist for Sadio Mane before scoring his 10th goal of the season.
After beautifully threading it through to Mane for the opener, Salah twisted and weaved his way past a handful of defenders to make it 4-0.
Roberto Firmino’s hat-trick tarnished Ranieri’s debut game in command at Vicarage Road, and the Italian was compelled to salute Liverpool’s No.11 at full time.
“I think if Salah isn’t the best, he’s one of the best in the world right now,” he remarked.
When you play against the big teams, you find out the truth. “Defeats are always difficult, but I am a very positive person. I could see where we needed to improve.
“Look, we know how difficult it is to play against Liverpool; everything is fine now; we just have to focus on ourselves and improve.”
Following the crushing defeat at Anfield, Ranieri described Jurgen Klopp’s side as “one of the top teams in the world.”
“At halftime, I wasn’t angry,” he added. “I was trying to figure out who my players were. I’ve gotten to know them a lot better now.
“It was their first game for our players.” We were up against one of the top teams in the world, and things weren’t going smoothly.