Mohamed Salah has admitted that Liverpool teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have used comments used by Manchester United fans to fire him up.
Speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s Between The Lines, the Egyptian international revealed that the Reds’ duo used to get him worked up for clashes against the Red Devils by relaying comments they’ve heard from supporters that the winger wouldn’t score.
Salah has enjoyed plenty of success against United since joining Liverpool in 2017, and his Liverpool teammates in Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have seemingly played a part in the attacker’s incredible record against the Manchester giants over the years.
The former AS Roma star is regarded as one of Liverpool’s best players when it comes to big matches, with the forward this season alone scoring against the likes of United, Manchester City and Napoli, and Salah can thank the likes of Alexander-Arnold and Robertson for such a streak.
Salah said about what motivates him in big matches: “Man United [fans] the first two seasons were saying you couldn’t score against us and making fun of me. The players tell me this as well. Robbo and Trent always try to mention that to me all the time.”
Alexander-Arnold and Robertson’s Salah motivation has been key
Salah’s influence in big games for Liverpool over the years cannot be understated, and this insight into Alexander Arnold and Robertson’s motivation is an interesting note into how the winger becomes motivated so quickly in key fixtures.
The fullback pairing are known for being characters off the pitch, and for Salah, it seems like the duo have played a big role in getting his performances for Liverpool to as high a level as possible since joining the Anfield side.