Mourinho: ‘Mohamed Salah is nuclear strength for Liverpool’
Jose Mourinho show his appreciation on Mohamed Salah’s performance on English Premier League as the star enjoys his best at Anfield.
Mourinho managed Salah at Chelsea but the Egyptian was never able to secure a regular first-team place at Stamford Bridge, playing just 19 times.
Salah performance improved since switch to Serie A with Roma and that led to Liverpool paying £34m to sign him in June 2017 before he went on to win the Golden Boot with them last season and score 44 goals in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Mourinho said the current Salah is different than the one worked with him at Chelsea as he far from the best.
“He has developed incredibly well since then on every level. He was a fast fragile boy and how he is a fast strong man, physically amazing.
“He was not psychologically adapted to the Premier League when he came from a small club in Switzerland [Basel] to a big club in England.
“I played him at White Hart Lane and The Eithad and it was too much for him. Now he plays anywhere, Barcelona, Madrid, and he’s like ‘I am Mo Salah and I am afraid of nobody.’
“Liverpool have many strengths but he is a nuclear strength.”
The Manchester United coach said his side fear only from Salah performance as seek his squad to take possible action against him.
“It’s a completely different dynamic now,” added Mourinho.
“Last year, they had Philippe Coutinho playing as a fake left-sided player, coming inside to play between the lines.
“Now Salah sometimes plays from the right, at other times he plays as the striker with [Roberto] Firmino dropping behind him. They have so many possibilities to get the best out of Salah.
“We analyse our opponents, their strengths and weaknesses, in every game and when you go to Liverpool you have to speak and think about Salah. Of course we do.
“We have to think of the best way to cope with a fantastic player like him and at least try to give him a difficult match.”