Ian Rush: Salah’s devastating confidence is high
The Egyptian international has been in superb form for Liverpool, scoring 28 Premier League goals and is currently leading the race for Golden Boot award.
When asked about Salah’s outbreak, Rush stated, “I think it’s all down to confidence. I think when you’re playing so well like that, you go out knowing you’re going to score. To tell you the truth, you feel invincible!”
“When you’re on a high, you try everything. You try ridiculous things, with your left foot, your right foot, with your head everything. If you’re not as confident, then you’re scared to try those things. I think that’s the difference when you’re in a purple patch like that. You’re willing to try everything because you know nine times out of 10 that it will come off.”
He added, “You just can’t wait to get out there because you know you’re going to get a chance. And if you get a chance, you’re most probably going to score. That’s what happens.”
“I think in training, you’re exactly the same,” Rush said. “You go out there with confidence and all that. If you think about getting injured, then you will get injured. Off the pitch as well, you feel really comfortable doing everything. You take that into training.”
“I’ve heard some of the Liverpool players say how fantastic Salah has been in training, not just in the games. That comes across to me that he’s in a purple patch.”
On his pre-games rituals, Rush said, “When you get superstitions, that’s it. My boots were rock hard before the game and I just wet my boots. I don’t know whether Mo has any superstitions himself, but everyone has their own ins and outs.”
The 25-year-old is 11 goals away from matching Rush’s best goal scoring season in the history of the club with 47 goals, helping Liverpool win the European Cup, First Division and League Cup Treble.
On whether Salah could maintain a long-term success, Rush stated, “He has to keep looking to improve himself every time. You know next season people will be looking out for you. People will be out there saying: ‘If you stop Salah from playing, then you stop Liverpool from playing and winning.”
“You’re always looking to improve each season because the opposition will be doing exactly the same. If you can’t add one or two things to your makeup, then you’re not going to do that.”
Salah is set to have a number of difficult matches coming up in the Premier League as Liverpool are set to take on Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park, Man City at Anfield and then the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park.
The Egyptian winger is currently on international duty ahead of the friendlies against Portugal and Greece on March 23 and March 27 respectively.
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