The AC Milan attacker has been in incredible form this season, notching up 14 goals in Serie A before the winter break, and currently leads the race to become this season's Capocannoniere.
The World Cup-winning coach, who is currently in charge of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, hailed the Rossoneri starlet and says that while he's not on the legend's level yet, he's headed in the right direction.
"El Shaarawy reminds me of Alessandro Del Piero," Lippi told Tuttosport. "They both love to start from the left and cut in to seek goals with curling shots. He hasn’t got Del Piero’s quality yet, but is growing and could be even more explosive in attack."