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Salah: I wanted to be the best since day one

Mohamed Salah

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After an exceptional season with Liverpool in the Premier League and the Champions League, winger assured that he was aiming to win the PFA Player of the Year and prove his critics wrong since the first day.

Salah has arguably lived his most successful season in his professional career on a personal level. He is the current English Premier League top scorer with 31 goals and has overall 43 goals in 50 games in all competitions this season.

In addition to winning the PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards, Salah is close to winning the Golden Boot as he is leading the race with 31 goals, three above second-placed Harry Kane.

“I’m always thinking about new achievements and records which makes me work harder,” he told ON Ent TV channel. “This helps me focus on being the best. Sometimes I feel pressured thinking about numbers but at the same time it is a positive thing that increases my determination.”

The young Egyptian is up for a new challenge as he is aiming to win the Champions League title after Liverpool qualified for the final, where they will meet holders Real Madrid, with the Spanish side being considered as the favourites, having won the competition in three of the last four years.

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“Since I came to England I felt that I will reach something new that was not achieved before, I think I had a good season. I wanted to be the best since day one and that’s what I was able to achieve.

“I was convinced about this since I first came here and was excited to make a new accomplishment. I worked on proving my critics wrong and that I did not get a proper chance during my first trial.”

The Egyptian’s first Premier League stint came during the 2014/15 season when joined Chelsea from FC Basel, but failed to shine under then-manager Jose Mourinho.

“I am very happy here with Liverpool and everything is helping me perform well,” he added.

As for leaving last season and moving back to the Premier League, Salah pointed out that when left he was looking for an opportunity that can help him develop and whether a new team will help him perform better or not.

“When I went to Liverpool some people were surprised that I left Roma as I was having a stable career there, playing well and getting lots of love from the fans. They didn’t want me to take the risk and leave.

“But when they saw that I was playing well with Liverpool they told me that I made the right decision, that was something that made me happy.”

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From his experience playing in the two leagues, Salah explained that the Premier League depends on speed and strength which is something he likes, while the Seria A is more about formation with less speed during games.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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