Kuyt: I respected Salah already as a player but as a human even more now
In an interview with Liverpool’s official website, Dirk Kuyt has put Salah’s achievements into context as the Egyptian scored his 50th Liverpool goal in just his 65th appearance during their game against Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League.
The former Netherlands international said “It’s amazing. I talked to him on Wednesday after the game – he is such a nice guy. Everybody can see when they are watching in the stadium or on television that he is a great player; not everyone can see he is a very nice person who is very happy at Anfield at the moment.”
He continued, “That’s the most important thing: that he feels respected and that he feels happy at Liverpool Football Club. That’s why he is achieving those kinds of things. Everyone knows he is a fantastic player. The fact he is here, that he is respected and that he is happy counts even more.”
“Hopefully he will be happy for a very long time here. Wednesday was the first time I met him in person; I respected him already as a player but as a human even more now.”
When asked what enables Salah to be such a prolific goalscorer, Kuyt said “The partnership between Mane, Firmino and Mo makes the difference. Mo is very happy with Firmino, he is the type of striker who doesn’t live by goals – he lives by playing football, winning games and winning together. That has made it a pleasure for Mo to play with these kinds of players, who are not selfish and who know how to bring Salah into positions to score.”
“On Wednesday I saw him for the first time playing in a different kind of role, more as a central striker, and again he did very well. It’s all because of that connection, especially with the players up front who know what to do and know in which kinds of positions they need to bring Salah. He made a great goal and also a good penalty.”
Salah will be hoping to continue his upturn in form in Liverpool’s next game which is against Cardiff at Anfield on Saturday at 4PM Egyptian time.
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