Curtis Jones and Mohamed Salah enjoyed a lively exchange at the end of Liverpool’s latest training session in Austria yesterday.
As seen on the Liverpool FC official Twitter page, Jones questioned Salah’s commitment to running during the drills. In response, Mo claims to have ‘killed’ the youngster on the training pitch.
“Mo, come here! Put in on Mo,” said Jones. “I killed him, I killed him today,” responded Salah with a beaming grin.
“Yeah you did, but then in a game I run more than him, it doesn’t make sense,” replied the 21-year-old. “I run up front more than anyone,” was Mo’s retort.
“Yeah but it doesn’t make sense, if you can run like that around here,” questioned Jones, not accepting defeat just yet.
“To score goals bro, that’s how you score goals!” laughed Salah as he walked away.
“You know what, he’s not wrong, he’s not wrong. You only run when you see the goal!”
Salah looking ready for the new season
This kind of thing is exactly what these training camps are great for: team bonding.
In fairness to Jones, although he doesn’t play as much as some of his teammates, he’s always bringing the energy off the pitch.
These contributions can end up being vital in ensuring a positive atmosphere around the group.
Not only that, though, The Reds are obviously pushing each other as hard as they possibly can whilst away in Austria.
As the season steams into view, the intensity in the sessions looks to have been increased. For someone like Salah, who is in absolute peak physical condition, this is what he relishes.
The Egyptian’s mentality is such that even in a bit of post-training teasing, he makes sure we’re in no doubt as to who came out on top.
In what we’ve seen from Liverpool’s pre-season so far, Salah looks happy, relaxed, focussed and lethal. He’s scored two goals in the three games so far and appears to be set for another brilliant campaign.
Since his future was sorted out earlier this month, he now knows that he’ll be at Liverpool for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this will allow him the peace of mind he needs to go and tear it up even better than before.
Early signs are good. If the likes of Jones battling with him in training pushes him on to even greater heights, then please, keep doing what you’re doing Curtis!