'Salah could win Ballon d'Or if he takes Liverpool to the Champions League title' - Lampard

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The ex-England midfielder came second for the award in 2005, but believes the Liverpool attacker can go all the way and win the individual prize

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has backed Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to be one of the contenders for the Ballon d'Or, and believes that the Egyptian could unseat Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best player if he can help the Reds win the Champions League.

Liverpool take on Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, with Salah facing his former club following last summer's £37 million transfer.

Salah has been in tremendous form for club and country over the past year, helping Egypt qualify for the World Cup while leading the Premier League's goalscoring charts.

The 25-year-old has 31 goals in 33 appearances for the Reds in the league, and also found the net nine times in Europe to help Jurgen Klopp's side reach the Champions League last four.

Lampard finished in second place in the Ballon d'Or voting in 2005, and believes Salah's excellent form should put him in contention this year. 

However, the trophy has been lifted by either Messi or Ronaldo every year since 2008, and Lampard feels that Champions League success would be necessary for Salah to take the top prize.

"Liverpool have attacking talent to worry Roma, most notably Mohamed Salah," Lampard wrote in his Evening Standard column ahead of Liverpool's home clash with Roma. 

"After being named PFA Player of the Year, he can now put himself in the bracket for the Ballon d’Or too.

"It will be hard for him to break the group that is Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It will take a lot to do that.

"But if he takes Liverpool to the Champions League title, that could well do it."

The Reds knocked out Lampard's former club Manchester City in the quarter-final, and he believes the tactical approach taken in those ties will be replicated over two legs against the Serie A side.

"I expect Liverpool to approach the first leg the same way they did against Manchester City in the quarter-final," Lampard continued.

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"They are a team with structure - hours have been spent perfecting the system. Liverpool know their strengths - they counter-attack brilliantly and move the ball quickly.

"If they replicate what they did against Manchester City when they won 3-0, I expect them to carry a lead back to the Italian capital. 

"If they don’t concede, I expect them to go through."

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