Liverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders says that Mohamed Salah’s personality and work ethic off the field are vital components in his form on the pitch.
Salah has netted over 100 goals since he signed for the Reds from Roma, including 10 in all competitions this season.
What’s more, he became the fourth-fastest Premier League player to reach 50 goals. Unsurprisingly, those statistics have led to him topping Liverpool’s scoring charts in each of his three full campaigns at Anfield.
Salah’s greedy penchant for numbers continues to bear constant fruit in Jurgen Klopp‘s side. Indeed, Lijnders says that the Egyptian has proved all the best attributes to be one of the world’s best forwards.
“He is a gifted finisher, his imagination and intuition in these moments are brilliant,” Lijnders said (via the Liverpool Echo).
“The way he can keep the ball in the hardest situations and find a way to come out and score is what identifies him.
“Many players have this, but not many have this consistently. Then you are part of the world’s best. It’s all about the mentality to ‘never give less’.”
Lijnders added though, that such desire comes from Salah’s humble nature away from the pitch.
“But for me, bigger than the achievement of the goals is his everyday presence in our club. His character is special, he is a true example. There is no bigger compliment in life. The best ones stay humble, the best ones are true examples.
“Mo invests a lot of time in his preparations, he treats his body well and we have seen him grow as a professional.
“His ambitions are high but his attitude in training is higher. If there is one secret in life, that would be the one.”
Salah has also become a hero on the international stage for Egypt and is an icon in his home country.
Kelleher’s rise to becoming goalkeeper hero
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher became a hero in his own right with his display against Ajax on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old came up with several big saves to ensure Liverpool topped their Champions League group.
But, as his former coach has revealed, Kelleher used to star in a shock outfield position as a teenager.