Pep Lijnders says Mohamed Salah even has lunch advice for 18-year-old Harvey Elliott. The youngster is ‘always learning’.
It seems Harvey Elliott is ready to learn from Mohamed Salah. And that’s probably a good thing.
Elliott is making a name for himself as a right-sided forward and Salah is one of the world’s best. There really aren’t many better tutors.
But it appears Elliott isn’t just learning from Salah on the pitch – there are tips he’s picking up off it, too. In fact, he’s changing how he eats his lunch.
Pep Lijnders told the story in his daily pre-season diary on Liverpoolfc.com. We thoroughly recommend reading it, by the way – it’s excellent.
But as for Elliott and Salah, Lijnders says he heard a story of the two in the dining room. It’s a story that really sums up the Egyptian.
Mohamed Salah has advice for Harvey Elliott
“Yesterday, I also heard a story that Mo and Harvey Elliott were sitting with each other in the dining area,” says Lijnders. “Harvey had some bread and some fruit on his plate and Mo asked him how many slices of bread he’d already had that day.
“He said one and Mo told him to only eat the fruit! Harvey told me, ‘I’m always learning from these guys!’.
“We have so many players who are helping the younger players and the new ones – you feel all the way through this camp that the talents are integrating, and I like that a lot.”
One look at Salah and you can tell that he’s not exactly eating lots of bread. But this kind of discipline is a huge part of what makes him an elite player.
From a strict diet to the way he reacted to conceding a goal in training, Salah is on another level with his mentality. Elliott really couldn’t have a better example to follow.