Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah had yet another stellar season, with the Egyptian scoring 31 goals across four competitions and helping Liverpool win the FA and Carabao Cups.
The Reds also finished as runners up in the Champions Leagueas well as finishing second in the Premier League behind Manchester City.
butt Salahin an interview with France Football, shared his opinion that Liverpool were deserving of more in the Paris final, and that Jurgen Klopp‘s side reserved to be crowned European champions.
“We deserved to win, we had more chances. I had two or three clear chances but Thibaut Courtois made incredible saves. It’s his job, that’s what Real Madrid signed him for. It was his night, “he told France Football.
Salah also discussed his approach to football, citing meditation as a key tool to help him stay focused.
“I try to meditate every day, 10 or 20 minutes, at home, alone,” he saidSalahwho has turned his home into something of a health center.
“It’s true that I like to say that my house looks like a hospital. My wife does not like it.
“Two rooms in our house are dedicated to different fitness machines. At home I can also do cryotherapy, there is a hyperbaric chamber. I am constantly looking to improve my physical condition.
“My wife says I spend more time with my machines than with her.
“If training is set for 15.00, I arrive two or three hours earlier and leave an hour and a half later.”
Salah also discussed his stringent diet, explaining how despite his love of burgers, he strives to eat as well as possible.
“I like broccoli, sweet potatoes, fish, chicken and always salad,” Salah said. “And when I do treat myself to a big restaurant in London, I prefer sushi.
“I eat pizza once a month at most. I love burgers, but I hardly ever eat them because I feel heavy afterwards.”
The forward also explained why he sometimes chooses to take his shirt off after scoring, stating that he feels good about his body, especially after all his hard work.
“When you fight so hard to build a perfect body, you do not have to be shy,” Salah said.
Salah’s on-field behavior
Being one of the most potent strikers in football comes at a price. The Liverpool man is constantly put under pressure from defenders and is often subjected to fouls during the game.
“If I get fouled, I get up and do not complain against the referee,” Salah said.
“To play good football you have to have your feet on the pitch, that’s all! There’s no point in rolling around on the ground and whining.”
Striving to improve
The Egyptian also explained why he is constantly looking to improve and how he wants to inject fear into opposing defenders for seasons to come.
“Last summer, on holiday in Greece, lying in front of the sea, I was asking myself how to be a better footballer, which is getting harder and harder because I always have two or three defenders behind me,” Salah explained.
“I have to invent new ways to open up the game in front of me, to find other spaces. This reflection has paid off, my statistics have improved.
“My [opposing] defender has to say to himself: ‘Damn, him again!’. My goal is that he does not have time to catch his breath. He has to feel in danger every moment of the ninety minutes. “
Benzema and its improvement as a No.9
Salah also paid tribute to Karim Benzemacommenting on how the forward is one of the most complete players in the Real Madrid squad.
“I understand what Benzema says, he does not just see himself as a goalscorer, he knows he influences every aspect of Real Madrid‘s game, ” Salah said.
“Like others, I want to be seen as the best player in the world.
“At Liverpool, everyone runs for everyone else. If I do not fight for the defense, they will not fight for me. I have to be an example, to be the first to press, to sacrifice myself for the team. “
The Ballon d’Or
Finally, the Egyptian also remarked on his desire to win the Ballon d’Or and to become the first African since George Weah to do so.
“I want to win it to join George Weahthe only African, ” Salah said. “It’s true that I was shocked by my ranking in 2021 (seventh).
“For this year, the defeat against Real Madrid is a disadvantage, even if I played a good game in the final.
“But it does not cancel out everything I’ve achieved for months. Let’s wait for the vote. And if I’m not Ballon d’Or in 2022, I’ll do everything I can to be the next one.”