We are in complete harmony: Egyptian star winger Salah about Liverpool boss Klopp

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 5 Dec 2021

Egyptian star winger Mohamed Salah says he enjoys a very good relationship with Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, adding that he has grown more mature in his years overseas.

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Salah and Klopp on a date tonight with two new achievements. AFP

“I am in complete harmony with my coach Jurgen Klopp. He always works to get the best from me and I am continuously trying to deliver my best for him and the club,” Salah said in a long interview with MBC Misr TV channel broadcast on Sunday.

“Our relationship is a good and professional one,” the 29-year-old player added.

Since joining the Premier League giants under the guidance of the German tactician Klopp in 2017, Salah is enjoying the best days of his overseas career that started in 2012 with Swiss Club Basel FC.

“Sure, some times we have some differences as every one of us has his own point of view, but we almost always reach an agreement. You cannot say that we have full agreement or full disagreement,” Salah explained.

In 2014, Salah left Basel FC to join Premier League club Chelsea, before moving to Italy’s Serie A in 2015 to play two years there for Fiorentina and AS Roma respectively.

“I always want to play, but in the end he is the coach and he also wants to rest his players due to the dense match schedule. We reach a compromise,” the Pharaohs skipper said.

“We have been working with each other for five years and I can ask him why I was excluded from a game. Klopp is strict when he feels the team is showing overconfidence, bu he treats his players well.”

“In the beginning I had a problem talking with the coach about playing due to cultural differences as it is not a familiar thing for players in Egypt,” said the former Arab Contractors player.

“In Egypt the coach has the upper hand choosing the regular players, but here in England you can discuss the issue with the coach and know the reasons for the exclusion. It took a lot of time for me to change my thinking.

“I do not get special treatment from Klopp,” added Salah who ended up in seventh place in the Ballon d’Or vote for the Best Player in the World for 2021 Award on Monday night, before being revealed as the Golden Foot Award winner.

Personal development

Since joining the Reds in June 2017, Salah quickly proved himself, playing a key role in guiding his team to win the Champions League title in the 2018/19 season and the Premier League in the 2019/20 season.

Salah has just wrapped up another impressive year after finishing last season as the top scorer for his team, bagging 31 goals in all competitions, including 22 Premier League goals, falling one strike short of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who won the gold boot.

“I always search for what I need as a human being and then as a player. There are many things that changed in my life as a human being as I became more mature,” Salah explained.

“As a player I began to work on what is missing for me. Life goes on and I am always trying to develop myself,” he concluded.

The Egyptian winger is currently leading the race this season with 13 goals in 15 Premier League appearances.

Liverpool future

Despite the fact that he has less than two years remaining on his current contract, Salah’s future at Anfield remains unclear amid continuous rumours about the failure of negotiations with the club management.

Late in October, Salah said that said he is keen on staying at Liverpool until the end of his career but that his future at the club does not entirely depend on him.

Meanwhile, British reports said at the time that Liverpool are yet to meet Salah's financial demands to prolong his stay.

“I said it before. I want to stay here, but it is up to the club to show they want me,” Salah said about his future in the MBC interview.

“It isn’t related to money at all. Seeing Liverpool management ready to do anything to keep me is an important thing for me. Also the team’s ambition and the coach desire’s are other important things,” he added.

Rivalry with Mane

During the past three seasons, the influential attacking trio Salah, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Firmino of Brazil played an instrumental role in Liverpool’s success.

Salah has always had a special rivalry with Mane, but the Egyptian international stresses the relationship with the Senegalese star is a professional one.

“Me and Mane are colleagues inside and outside the pitch. It is a professional relationship. Both of us want to deliver the best and lead the team to victory,” said Salah.

The rivalry is normal, and both players are focused on serving the team, Salah added.

“Sometimes me and Mane may look selfish, but I cannot say that one of us puts his own interest above the team’s. I do not feel that he does not intend to pass the ball to me and it is the same for me also.

Salah acknowledged that rumours of a rivalry between the two players date to a famous incident in a Burnely game in 2019 when Mane appeared angry leaving the pitch.

“I have a good relationship with Mane. We spend a lot of time at the club, the dressing room, the gym and the trainings. The relationship is a respectable one and we never had a conflict before,” he added.

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