Man City rivalry makes Liverpool better, says Salah

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Nov 2023

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah said the intense rivalry with Manchester City in the Premier League makes his team better and pushes them to work harder.

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah


The Egyptian star told the club’s official website that he and his teammates always know that someone is waiting for them to lose a game.

“It makes us [a] better team, it makes us better players and I’m sure it makes the manager a better manager as well,” he said.

Salah also spoke about his leadership role in the Liverpool squad, along with other senior players such as Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, and Alisson Becker.

“We felt – me, Virgil, and the other guys, Robbo, Ali – that we need to really take a step forward and just try to handle everything – Trent, for sure, he’s still young anyway! – to make everybody feel [at] home and just have a good group,” he said.

“I think the group is fantastic. The players are nice and have very good personalities. They just want to work hard and achieve stuff, which is a good thing. We try to help them. They need to help themselves and I’m sure they watch us [in] what we’re doing and try to learn,” Salah added.

He also praised his strike partner Darwin Nunez, who joined Liverpool from Benfica in the summer transfer window.

“I think because he saw that I’m always looking at him when he’s running and [I’m] trying to give him assists, try to give him balls, he’s always trying his best to give me the ball back,” he said.

“I think because we are both fast and we both have speed, it makes us understand each other’s game.”

Salah also revealed how he takes care of his body and dedicates his life to the game.

“I really take care of my body. I know that if you want to achieve big things, you have to work really hard – that’s science, it’s not just me saying that,” he said.

“I always try to take care of the small details – treatment, gym. And you can ask anybody, I always try to come first and leave last. I dedicate my life to the game. I want to be fit all the time, so you do small things and [they] make a huge difference,” Salah explained.

Liverpool, trailing the Premier League's first-place leaders Manchester City by a single point after 12 matches, will square off against their rivals at Etihad Stadium this Saturday.

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