Mohamed Salah: Drogba asked me to break the African record
Liverpool goal-machine Mohamed Salah revealed the conversation he had with Ivory Coast and Chelsea retired striker Didier Drogba in which the Ivorian encouraged Salah to break his record for most goals scored by an African player in one Premier League campaign.
Salah exceeded Drogba’s 29 Premier League goals scored in the 2009/10 season when he led Chelsea to the domestic triple [Premier League, FA Cup, and Community Shield].
The young winger netted a total of 32 goals in the league to become the highest-scoring African in a single league campaign, which earned him praise from the previous record holder.
“When I reached 20 goals, I spoke with Didier Drogba,” the young star told L’Equipe Magazine. “He told me: ‘Please, break the record!’ to which I responded laughing: ‘No worries, I will!’
“And I managed it. So I thought to myself: ‘I have quite a few games to play before the end of the season, I can break the all-time record!.’
“It’s a great source of joy for me.”
Salah is coming off a tremendous campaign with Liverpool, having possessed a host of individual awards in his second spell at the Premier League after an unsuccessful period with Chelsea in 2014.
The Pharaoh gave credit to the team’s head coach Jurgen Klopp and his teammates for his stunning performances with the Reds in the 2017/18 season. Liverpool’s lethal attacking trio that includes Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane along with Salah managed to score 91 goals.
“This season, we have each scored plenty of goals,” he added. “We are not selfish and look to help each other shine. Off the pitch, we are friends. We are happy together.”
As for his coach, Salah believes that Klopp knows how to get the most out of his attacking players. which helped the team in scoring a lot of goals in both the Premier League and Champions League.
“From day one, he’s considered me a friend. We are close, even though he’s the boss and I’m a player. The quality of my teammates and their desire to help me score has also helped in my success. Plus, I work hard every day with that desire to improve.”
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