Felipe Luis has hailed the attitude of former teammate Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian impressed him long before joining Liverpool.
Felipe Luis and Mohamed Salah have at least one thing in common. Both were at Chelsea for Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge.
And both suffered similar fates – they left prematurely after not playing all that much.
Looking back, though, Luis believes it was obvious that Chelsea were making a mistake. Salah impressed him – both on and off the pitch.
“I suffered Salah in training, pfff,” Luis told the Guardian. “When he went Fiorentina, I said: ‘Why are you going, Momo? This is Chelsea.’
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“And he said: ‘I need to play.’ I thought: ‘This kid’s good.’
“He never went for money or to win more; he went to show he could play.
“In training he was like Messi. Really, like Messi. Ask anyone.”
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Chelsea’s decision to let Salah go will forever look like a horrendous one. Let alone the fact they also gave up Kevin De Bruyne around the same time.
Although, we say that with hindsight. Luis says it was obvious at the time.
As a left-back, he must have been up against Salah in training most weeks. ‘Like Messi’ – safe to say he left an impression.
What we like, though, is how Salah stood out for his attitude. That’s something that really benefited Liverpool.
Per Spotrac, Salah earns £200k-a-week. That’s the most at the club, admittedly, but he could have earned far more elsewhere.
When you consider that David Alaba reportedly wants £200k-a-week after tax, it’s clear Salah would have bargaining power at any club.
But he’s never kicked up a fuss, nor has he pushed for a move to a club with more limelight. Salah has stuck around somewhere he thrives and has delivered trophies.
Liverpool are very lucky to have him.