The Englishman, Micah Richards, the former defender of Manchester City and Fiorentina, praised the capabilities of the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool winger, and the extent of his impact on the “Reds” season.
Richards said, in statements, highlighted by the British newspaper “Daily Mail”: “Where would Liverpool be without Salah? .. It is a question that made me think. Everyone is talking about the difference made by Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker .. But what about Mo?. He scores Not only goals, but it also gives the team important points. Last season, Salah’s goals made 17 points for the Reds. If Salah had spent time away from participating last season, like Van Dijk, we would not have seen Liverpool face Milan on Wednesday. It is quite simply “.
He continued: “Salah’s personality is great, and that comes as no surprise. I had the pleasure of playing with Mo for 6 months in Florence in 2015, and he was telling me about his ambition to become a star for Liverpool in the afternoons when we go out for coffee. The Reds were the team. The one he always watched. When he joined Fiorentina on loan from Chelsea, he was frustrated with himself. His career at Stamford Bridge didn’t work out, but he always had in mind that he would come back to England to show everyone what he could do. In those first few weeks in Italy, We spent a lot of time together. We had apartments adjoining (Ponte Vecchio), and Salah was the most humble and appreciative man, but he was always thinking about how to improve himself, looking for gains that would change him.”
And he added, “Mo used to really take care of himself, you see this amazing physique he has now, but the thing that kept in my mind is how he used to eat well. He was always careful and he eats salad and of course he doesn’t drink because he is Muslim, and he lives a very quiet life. But “During those first few weeks, as far as I was dealing with him, I was very confused about his situation. From what I saw in training every day, I couldn’t understand how he didn’t shine for Chelsea. We were all so confused: how could someone in his abilities To leave on loan?
And he added, “I don’t make a comparison with Lionel Messi, but he did things similar to Messi. Football is full of stories of great players in training but they don’t do it in matches, but Salah wasn’t.”
He continued: “I remember the match that he won in the Italian Cup against Juventus in Turin. Juventus did not lose at home in 47 games, they were fantastic and reached the Champions League final later that season. But on this particular night, Salah was running hard. I have never forgotten his first goal. I remember him when he caught the ball in our court and with all skill, speed and power he ran devastatingly. He ran 70 yards, dribbled 3 players and then fired an unstoppable shot. We won 2-1 and Mo scored the second goal too, and from that moment his life changed in Florence. He was a hero, and the fans were waiting for him in the square outside his apartment every day.”
He continued: “Salah went to Roma after a short stint with us and eventually joined Liverpool. I knew they got a bargain of only £36m, however, for some reason, I’m still sure he’s not getting the credit he deserves. Is it because He plays internationally with Egypt so we don’t watch all their matches on TV Is it because he rarely gives interviews and that keeps him out of the headlines? I can’t see this more clearly: Mo is the best winger in the world He’s so amazing, he cemented the role of Arjen Robben. And Franck Ribery scored goals, outperforming many of the best outspoken strikers in Europe.”
And he continued: “Two years ago.. I heard a proposal that Liverpool take advantage of the money from Salah’s sale and keep Sadio Mane instead. Great! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and I think the madness of this argument was proven by the numbers you said, and I will say it again: He achieved 17 A point last year. There’s a difference between making an impact in the big matches or watching them. It’s really amazing, and I’ll say another number in Mo’s first season at Anfield, he scored 16 points.”
He concluded: “Without Salah, Liverpool will not be in the Champions League. Without Mo, Liverpool will not be in the title race this season. Quite simply, this man is irreplaceable, he is the right player for the big occasions, and I hope the special uncertainty is settled. Hold it fast.”
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