Salah discusses his Premier League exploits, memories with football
Salah is coming off a tremendous campaign with Liverpool, having possessed a host of individual award in his second spell at the Premier League after an unsuccessful period with Chelsea in 2014.
“My first memory as a football fan was the 2002 World Cup and the final which saw the 2-0 victory of Brazil over Germany, but the competition as a whole struck me. I remember France 0-1 Senegal, then I have always followed the Champions League as well,” Salah told L’Equipe.
“My three football idols are Ronaldo, Zidane and Totti. I have a feeling that the three of them were unique in his own way. There are other great players, but the way these three were playing football was extraordinary. I watched Zidane a lot when he played for Real Madrid with Ronaldo. Their link-ups were magical.”
“Totti was magnificent as well, he played at Roma for 24 years! His shooting technique and vision were unique. As a person he is great too. A great professional. Always the first to arrive to training and the last to leave. We shared the habit of doing recovery and massage before and after training [at Roma].”
The former Roma winger finished the season as the English Premier League top scorer and obtained the PFA Player of the Year award. He also reached the Champions League final with Liverpool but they fell short to a 3-1 defeat, the game which seen Salah forced off after 28 minutes due to a shoulder injury.
“Throughout the season I kept saying ‘I play on the flank, I do not think too much about the number of goals I score’, well that was not true,” Salah laughed.
“After a dozen of games, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and myself had scored about the same number of goals. So I set for myself the target of becoming the Premier League top scorer, and here lies the secret.”
“Our style [Liverpool’s] of play helps me a lot. The coach [Jürgen Klopp] asks me to play closer to the middle, close to the goal. He knows how to make his forwards shine. And from day one, he considered me a friend.”
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