James Milner was effusive in his praise for new teammate and Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah after the Red’s 1-1 draw with Wigan on Friday.
Mohamed Salah made his first appearance for Liverpool Football Club in their 1-1 draw with Wigan on Friday night and needless to say, James Milner was impressed by his new teammate.
The Egyptian flyer scored the Reds only goal of the game when teed up unselfishly by Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino and showcased some impressive pace and dribbling throughout his 45 minutes on the pitch.
The vice-captain told Liverpoolfc.com: “(He was) very good. He’s a top player, he’s shown that in the little time that he’s been here and I’ve seen it playing up close also. He’s a great addition to the squad and it was nice for him to get off the mark as well.”
Salah was deployed on the right-hand side of an attacking trio that also featured Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino at Wigan, supported by an attacking midfield three of Wijnaldum, Woodburn and Lallana.
The Red’s frontline linked up well throughout the first half and all three were involved in the Red’s goal scored just on the stroke of half time when Coutinho’s threaded pass found Firmino and the Brazilian squared for Salah to tap in.
“They are all top players and it’s easier when you are as good as they are,” said Milner.
“They are all lively with great imagination, movement and great touches and they can all see a pass and are all unselfish as well, so you need that and that’s a big part of our game obviously unselfish team play. With and without the ball those three players can do that.”
While the Reds couldn’t finish the game as victors and had to settle for a 1-1 draw, Milner was satisfied with the side’s performance and the fitness levels they’ve been exhibiting despite just one week back in training.
“Ultimately I think all of pre-season until the last couple of games it’s all about the fitness really; getting the minutes and the movements and sharpening them up,” he explained.
“But you are always developing those understandings and the movements you want to put into the season, working on different systems and being comfortable and making everything a bit more natural.”
“It’s just getting that sharpness again. You don’t forget what you are doing but it’s doing it with fluidity and being on the same page and working together.
“It will come, there’s a lot of pre-season games to come and a lot of travelling. We have done a lot of training already since we’ve been back and that’s good. It has been a hard nine days so far or whatever it is we’ve been back but that’s what you need in pre-season. We’ll have a rest day on Saturday before we go again.”