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Bob Bradley: Mohamed Salah is a special talent and special person

Bob Bradley

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Current Los Angeles FC head coach and former Egypt national team head coach has praised ’s development down the years ahead of Liverpool’s European semi final clash with Salah’s former club AS Roma.

Mohamed Salah is enjoying a prolific season as he contributed to 41 goals and 13 assists in 46 appearances in all competitions this season.

Speaking to, Bradley recalls watching Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny play for Arab Contractors SC, saying: “When I first arrived in Egypt I saw Salah play with his club team, Arab Contractors. He and Mohamed Elneny were on the same team. They were young players but you could see there was something there.

“After Port Said (referring to the Port Said tragedy in 2012), we started having opportunities to bring young guys into the camps and immediately you knew that Salah was special. He was hungry, smart, he wanted to get better.

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“He and [Mohamed] Aboutrika formed an immediate connection and relationship that really paid off right from the start. Salah’s a great guy and I’m so happy for him because he was so determined to take his career and move with it.

“I was excited that we could help in some way when the moment came for him to go to FC Basel. And then when he did well there, other doors in Europe opened and things have come together this year.

“It’s an incredible season where not only is he dynamic and exciting, but just the pure number of goals. He’s pretty special.

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“His movement from outside in. His ability then when he got inside the box, to finish. His number one finish was always just how he would come in from right to left and use his left foot to curl it into the far corner.

“But since then he’s added different kind of finishing, his dribbling has gotten better.

“On one hand, did I expect all these goals? Maybe not, but I’ve told everybody over the years that Salah was a special talent and special person,” he concluded.

Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool play AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. Kick-off is set to take place at 18:45 GMT.

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