Liverpool told they could face a fight to keep Mohamed Salah

Salah has been in fine form once again this campaign proving he is no one-season wonder. (AFP)
Updated 03 January 2019
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Liverpool told they could face a fight to keep Mohamed Salah

  • For Egypt star Mido predicts compatriot will move to one of Real Madrid or Barcelona.
  • Salah called "the greatest Egyptian player of all time."

LONDON: Liverpool have been told to brave themselves for a battle to keep Mohamed Salah at Anfield.
That is the message from former Ajax, Tottenham and Egyptian striker Mido, who anticipates that another good season for the Reds will prompt big bids from Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Last season saw Salah set records and win hearts as he scored 32 Premier League goals for Liverpool. And speaking before the Reds’ top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City last night, Mido told CNN: “If Barcelona or Real Madrid come for you your head is going to flip, all the players are like that.
“Barcelona and Real Madrid are different — no disrespect to Liverpool.
“I think Barcelona and Real Madrid were waiting to see how Salah would do this season; they don’t buy players after only one good or great season.
“I think if Salah scores 25-plus goals, I think they will come for him and it will be difficult for Liverpool to keep him.”
Adored not just on the Kop but across all of Egypt Mido added that Salah can already be considered the best player his country has produced.
“I think Salah is the greatest Egyptian player,” Mido said.
“If I judge all players, we had so many great players in the Egyptian history, we’ve had fantastic players who have done great for the country and for their own clubs in Egypt.
“But football is in Europe.
“If a player can play at the top for 10, 12 years in Europe, I think (Salah) should be considered the best player in Egyptian history,” he added.


Mohamed Salah sure Liverpool can handle the pressure of Premier League title tilt

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Mohamed Salah sure Liverpool can handle the pressure of Premier League title tilt

  • Reds face Manchester United on Sunday in crouch clash.
  • Egyptian ace says Reds will embrace the pressure as they g in each of first top-flight title since 1990.

LONDON: Mohamed Salah is in no doubt Liverpool can handle the pressure of the title run in, ahead of their crunch clash against arch-rivals Manchester United.
The Reds lie second in the Premier League table to Manchester City on goal difference, though with a game in hand. It was barely a month ago that they enjoyed a seven-point lead over the Abu Dhabi-owed club, but draws against Leicester and West Ham raised fears that Liverpool were starting to feel the strain of bidding for a first top-flight title since 1990.
But Salah has sought to put fans’ fears at ease, claiming the Reds are ready to embrace the pressure, starting away at Old Trafford against familiar foe United.
“I said in November that there is pressure and it will be there until the end of the season, because when you play for the Premier League you have to accept that there is pressure,” Salah told Sky Sports.
“When you go home you can take it with you, but it can help you to work harder and focus on your game.
“At the end of the day you have a target in your mind, you have a dream, you want to win the Premier League. I even said that two years ago when I came — it is a dream to win the Premier League.”
Added to the pressure of trying to win the title is the fact that a clash against Manchester United is like nothing else the Reds come up against all season. The two teams are arch-rivals and Salah is only too aware that their North West neighbors would like nothing more than to ruin the Reds’ title charge.
The United encounter is the first of three tough fixtures in a week for Liverpool, with a midweek clash with Watford and the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday to come — a run of games that is not lost on Salah.
“It is a very big week for us,” Salah said. “And if we win three games and are top of the table, that is huge for us. When you have three games in a week or ten days, you just need to win, win, win, then after that you have time to think.
“Even when we are not top of the league, I know how much United want to win against Liverpool and Everton the same. For me it is not a big deal. We just need to do what we have been doing for the last couple of months.”