Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reveals why he is a completely different player to the one who flopped at Chelsea

Mohamed Salah has scored 30 goal in all competitions for Liverpool this season (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah believes he is a completely different player to the one who struggled to make an impact during his short-lived Chelsea career.

The Egypt international was signed by Jose Mourinho in January 2014 but was hardly given an opportunity to impress at Stamford Bridge.

Salah subsequently resurrected his career in Serie A with both Fiorentina and Roma before returning to the Premier League last summer following a £35million move to Liverpool.

The 25-year-old has been in sensational form, scoring 30 goals in all competitions, spearheading a Liverpool forward that has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s most potent attacks.

Explaining his development, Salah told the BBC: ‘It’s easy to play with this kind of quality.

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‘If you look at me now and five years ago, everything has changed both mentally and physically.

‘I’m trying to improve myself every day. I always like to put myself under pressure to improve more.

‘I give all my life to football, I only think about football. This is what is on my mind all the time.’

Liverpool are currently 18 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City but Salah insists it is his goal to win the Premier League with Liverpool at some point in his career.

He added: ‘I can tell the fans we work 100% to try and win something for the club..

‘It’s a long time since the club won the league. It’s my dream to win the Premier League – but I want to win it with this club.’

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Steven Gerrard urges Liverpool fans to stop comparing Mohamed Salah to Lionel Messi

Mohamed Salah scored his 30th goal of the season against Porto (Picture: Getty)Steven Gerrard hailed Mohamed Salah following his goal for Liverpool in their 5-0 defeat of Porto but urged supporters to avoid comparing the forward to Lionel Messi.

Salah started alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for the Champions League round of 16 clash and the trio produced a masterclass in attacking play at the Estadio do Dragao.

Mane opened the scoring for Jurgen Klopp‘s side in the 25th minute but it was Salah’s sensational effort in the 29th minute which sent Liverpool fans into a frenzy.

Firmino also got on the scoresheet after the break, while Mane completed a hat-trick to seal an emphatic victory for the Merseyside giants.

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Salah’s goal took him to 30 goals in all competitions for the season. Luis Suarez was the last player to achieve the feat back in 2013/14.

While Salah has emulated Suarez’s prolific goalscoring in Liverpool colours, the Egyptian continues to be likened to Barcelona icon Messi.

Mohamed Salah has been compared to Lionel Messi by fans and pundits (Picture: Getty)

Steven Gerrard hailed Mohamed Salah’s ‘magical’ goal (Picture: BT Sport)Gerrard, though, believes it’s ‘not fair’ to compare Salah to Messi.

‘Liverpool have had too much aggression for Porto. They look like they can score every time they go forward,’ Gerrard said on BT Sport.

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‘And we’ve seen a moment of magic from Mo Salah.

‘It’s not fair to the kid to compare him to Messi.’

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Porto vs Liverpool TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have been in sensational form for Liverpool (Picture: REUTERS)Liverpool return to Champions League action on Wednesday evening as they travel to Porto for the first leg of their round of 16 clash with the Primeira Liga leaders.

The Reds picked up a comfortable 2-0 win at Southampton on Sunday in the Premier League which took them back to third in the table, only two points behind Manchester United in second.

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Porto are in good form themselves, though, winning all three games in February so far and hammering Chaves 4-0 on Sunday.

The Portuguese outfit are two points clear at the top of their domestic league with a game in hand over nearest rivals Benfica and Sporting.

Porto are coming off a comprehensive win at the weekend (Picture: AFP PHOTO)When is Porto vs Liverpool?

The match is on Wednesday, February 14 with kick-off at 7.45pm.

What TV channel is Porto vs Liverpool on?

BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.

Jurgen Klopp has his sights set on a Champions League quarter-final (Picture: AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Team news

Porto look likely to be without leading marksman Vincent Aboubakar who has been struggling with injury and missed Sunday’s game.

Danilo Pereira, Ivan Marcano and Andre Andre are all injured as well, whilst Felipe will miss the game after his red card in the final group stage game against Monaco.

Emre Can will miss the game due to suspension as well, and Klopp will be without Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne through injury.

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What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Liverpool – 13/10

Draw – 13/5

Porto – 11/5

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Mohamed Salah equals Premier League record with latest strike for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring Liverpool’s second goal (AFP)Mohamed Salah was on the scoresheet yet again in Liverpool’s match with Southampton, ensuring his incredible debut season continues.

The Egyptian took his Premier League tally for the term to 22 goals when he scored just before half-time. He combined brilliantly with Roberto Firmino before calmly slotting the ball past Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Earlier in the match he picked up an assist by teeing up Firmino to open the scoring at St Mary’s.

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Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah celebrate the first goal (Reuters)Salah’s latest contributions to the Liverpool cause saw him equal a Premier League record.

He’s now scored 19 goals with his left foot – the joint most in a Premier League season with Robbie Fowler who notched that number during the 1994/95 season.

Mohamed Salah equals @premierleague record of most left-footed goals in a PL season, 19 of his 22 coming from his left foot – equals Robbie Fowler’s record set in 1994-95.
Top PL scorers this season23 Kane22 Salah21 Aguero
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 11, 2018

Salah puts the ball into the net (Reuters)He also set a Liverpool record for being involved in the most goals of any LFC player in their debut season.

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With the form Salah is in, few would bet against him breaking more records before the season is over.

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Roberto Firmino credited with assist of the season for Mohamed Salah goal during Liverpool v Southampton

Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah celebrate during Liverpool’s match with Southampton (Reuters)Roberto Firmino has been credited with the assist of the season for his role in Mohamed Salah’s goal against Southampton.

The Liverpool duo combined just before half-time at St Mary’s to score a wonderful goal.

Salah played the ball into Firmino, who flicked the ball through Southampton’s defence with the inside of his heel to return it to his team-mate. Salah then calmly finished past Alex McCarthy to cap off the perfect move.

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Firmino played a one-two with Salah

The touch was perfect

Firmino saw Salah meet his pass and slot the ball into the netSpeaking at half-time, Graeme Souness told Sky Sports: ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.

‘Firmino he’s a cute and clever player.’

Liverpool fans were in awe at Firmino’s touch…

Firmino has just wrapped up assist of the season 👏👏👏👏
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) February 11, 2018

That’s an unbelievable goal. The finish from Salah is great but the backheel assist from Firmino is just outrageous.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) February 11, 2018

Roberto Firmino with the most beautiful assist you’ll ever see for Salah, there. 29 goals in all competitions for the Egyptian.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) February 11, 2018

That was bloody beautiful, what a goal. What an assist from Bobby Firmino
— fivetimesclub (@fivetimesclub) February 11, 2018

Utter filth from Firmino. Back heel assist, and Salah scores another one. Oooooooo Mo Salah!
— Kloppist (@LFCVegas) February 11, 2018

The goal made it 2-0 to Liverpool, with Salah having earlier set up Firmino for the opener. That took Firmino’s tally for the season to 20 – his best since 2013/14.

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Mohamed Salah aiming to beat Harry Kane to Premier Leagues Golden Boot

Mohamed Salah is targeting the Premier League Golden Boot. (Getty Images)Mohamed Salah has warned Harry Kane that he wants to beat the Tottenham striker to the Premier League Golden Boot this season.

Kane currently leads the way with 22 goals and has won the award for the last two seasons.

Salah, meanwhile, has been Liverpool‘s star man since his arrival from Roma last summer and trails Kane by just one goal in the Premier League.

And the Egypt international his planning to push his rival from Tottenham for the remainder of the campaign.

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Harry Kane leads the way with 22 goals in the Premier League this season. (Getty Images)‘He is a great player, in the last two years he has already been the top scorer,’ Salah told Marca.

‘Kane plays as a No.9 and has more chances to score goals than me. In my mind I want to win it, but we will see what happens.’

Salah also praised Jurgen Klopp’s management style. (Reuters)Salah also praised Jurgen Klopp for enabling him to get off to a flying start at Liverpool.

‘I spoke with him before coming to Liverpool,’ said the forward.

‘He helped me to adapt to the group very quickly, and also on the pitch. We are happy together.’

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Jamie Carragher claims underrated Roberto Firmino is responsible for Mohamed Salah’s stellar Liverpool form

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have been in sensational form for Liverpool this season (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Roberto Firmino remains one of the most underrated players in the Premier League and his form has been central to Mohamed Salah’s sensational goalscoring exploits this season.

The Egypt international has scored 28 times in all competitions following his summer move from Roma and is only one shy of Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

Though not as prolific, Firmino, who has 11 goals and five assists to his credit in the league, has made the central striker’s role his own this season by virtue of his selfless style, to the extent that Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t swap him for Kane, according to Carragher.

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‘Firmino has been a revelation this season,’ Carragher told MNF Extra.

‘I actually think he is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. He has always been Liverpool’s number one striker but what he has been adding is the goals.

‘He can actually match up to the other strikers now goals-wise and still bring all the other stuff that he brings..

Premier League top scorers 2017/18
Harry Kane22Mohamed Salah21Sergio Aguero17Raheem Sterling14Jamie Vardy12Romelu Lukaku12Roberto Firmino11

Roberto Firmino has scored 11 goals and provided five assists in the Premier League this season (Picture: Getty)‘Without a doubt, Firmino is helping Salah too. He is very clever with his passing and his movement drags people out of position as well.

‘He comes towards the ball and that opens up the space for Salah to make that penetrating diagonal run in behind that space between the full-back and the centre-back. It is a great combination for Liverpool.

‘That’s why, even without the goals, I don’t think Klopp would ever look to replace Firmino.

‘If Harry Kane gets 40 goals and Firmino gets 20, he would still be one of – if not the first – name on the team sheet because of what he does off the ball.

‘Klopp appreciates all of the extra things that Firmino brings to this Liverpool team that nobody else can.’.

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Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah responds to Real Madrid transfer links

Mohamed Salah’s form for Liverpool has reportedly sparked interest from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah insists his entire focus is on helping Liverpool until the end of the season, amid speculation linking the Egypt sensation with a stunning move to Real Madrid.

Salah, 25, only joined the Reds last summer but is already being tipped for a move to Real after his incredible run of performances under Jurgen Klopp.

In 34 games for Liverpool, Salah has scored a staggering 28 goals and provided seven assists to help the team climb to third in the Premier League and progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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Liverpool fans are naturally concerned that Salah may be tempted by an approach from Real, but when asked whether he would like to play for the Spanish giants, he told Marca: ‘At the moment I am here.

‘I want to concentrate on my team and finish the season very well. Why do you think they say these things? I don’t have much to say about that [reports linking him with Real].

‘If I have to say something, I’ll say I’m happy at Liverpool.’

Salah scored one of the goals of the season against Tottenham last week (Picture: Getty)Salah struggled during his first stint in England, making just 13 league appearances for Chelsea before being sold by Jose Mourinho.

His form this season has been remarkable, however, and Phil Babb believes Real would need to make an offer of over £100m to secure his signature.

The former Liverpool defender said: ‘It’s well over £100m now. His low centre of gravity and his ability to just waltz past players.

‘You’re not walking past kids in a park on a Sunday, he’s going past international, elite footballers like they don’t exist. He is one of the hottest properties in world football there is no shadow of a doubt.’

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24Newcastle United (H) – Sat March 3Porto (H) – Tues March 6 (Champions League)Manchester United (A) – Sat March 10Watford (H) – Sat March 17Crystal Palace (A) – Sat March 31

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Babb, who made over 150 appearances for Liverpool, added: ‘You do fantastically well but then you have the big Spanish giants and await their interest.

‘They’re going to keep monitoring him and see if he keeps doing it till the end of the season, and if he does well in the World Cup, do they put in a massive world breaking bid in the summer transfer window?’

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Mohamed Salah reveals he spoke to Jose Mourinho after Liverpool played Manchester United

Mohamed Salah is still on speaking terms with Jose Mourinho. (Getty)Mohamed Salah reveals he still speaks to Jose Mourinho and insists he has a ‘good relationship’ with the Manchester United manager.

The Egypt international joined Chelsea in Mourinho’s second stint at Stamford Bridge but was given a limited chance to impress before he was sent out on loan to Fiorentina and then Roma.

Salah ended up moving to Liverpool for £36.9 million last summer and has been one of Jurgen Klopp‘s standout performers this season with 28 goals in 34 games.

But despite struggling to get a game at Chelsea, Salah is not holding a grudge against Mourinho.

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Salah says he has a ‘good relationship’ with Mourinho. (AMA/Getty Images)‘We talked at Chelsea when I first came back from the loan spell at Fiorentina,’ Salah told FourFourTwo magazine.

‘We also spoke after the match against Manchester United this season and have a good relationship. We didn’t talk much , but it was OK.

‘Three years ago I didn’t play much, but since day one back in England I wanted to show what I can do. I think I’m doing well.’

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Wayne Rooney aims dig at Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane

Wayne Rooney has aimed a dig at Liverpool’s attacking trio. (AFP/Getty Images)Wayne Rooney believes it would be ‘difficult’ for Liverpool‘s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to emulate Manchester United‘s attacking trio which included Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and himself.

Salah has enjoyed a superb debut season at Anfield and alongside Mane and Firmino the the trio have scored 56 goals so far this term.

Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo, meanwhile, were in sublime form for two seasons at United, helping the club win consecutive Premier League titles, as well as the Champions League in 2008.

‘I think they are very dangerous, Firmino works very hard to win the ball back and they have a lot of pace,’ Rooney told Sky Sports.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney were superb for United for two seasons. (Getty Images)‘As good as they are, Salah takes them to the next level.

‘Alex Ferguson used to let us attack how we wanted but if you’re on the wing, you had to track back on the wing. We had a good compromise because me and Tevez would do a lot more work defensively than Cristiano.

‘But with Cristiano, you knew he would win us those big games with the big moments. With any other player, you probably wouldn’t but with Cristiano, he was that good you had to accommodate him.

‘I would gladly do that for him to score big goals and help us win trophies.’

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Firmino and Salah have been in superb form this season. (Getty)But when asked if Liverpool’s front three could ever match United’s, Rooney aimed a dig at the Anfield trio: ‘I think it would be difficult.

‘The difference we had is Premier League winners’ medals.

‘We had real quality behind us and the defence was solid.

‘For them three to get to the level we were at, they need that wall behind them.’

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