McDermott: Salah made biggest impact at Liverpool since Dalglish
McDermott, who made 232 league appearances for Liverpool in their successfull spells under Bob Paisley in the 1970s and 80s, has praised Salah and likened his impact to that of Kenny Dalglish upon his arrival from Celtic.
“Salah has made people forget about Philippe Coutinho and I honestly couldn’t see that ever happening,” said the 66 year old. “Coutinho was a great player and usually, when he played well, Liverpool would win. When he went, I thought he was going to be a massive loss. He creates just as many chances and I’m not having a go at Coutinho, because he is a fantastic player, but I have to say that Salah is unbelievable.”
McDermott continued, “We knew what Kenny had done for Celtic and Scotland, but it wasn’t until we saw him in training that we realised he was absolutely brilliant. He was beyond belief. We wondered, ‘What have we got here?’. We didn’t think anyone could replace Kevin Keegan, who had left for Hamburg in the summer and had been worshipped by the Kop. It was a similar situation with Coutinho, but what Salah has done has made certain that the team hasn’t suffered.”
McDermott now works behind the scenes at Liverpool in the hospitality suites, and he went on to explain the nature of Salah as a person, adding “Mo is a nightmare for the organisers of the award. He is so modest, he hates any fuss and always takes persuading to leave his team-mates and collect the award. Some weeks the sponsors are relieved when he doesn’t win because it’s less bother for them. But that shows how grounded he is. There’s no way he will allow himself to get carried away.”
Salah’s next opportunity to back up McDermott’s claims will be away at Crystal Palace on March 31st at 2:30PM Egyptian time.
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