Former Liverpool and Morocco midfielder Nabil El Zhar says it is hard not to feel immense pride when witnessing Mohamed Salah in action.
El Zhar, who joined Qatari side Al Ahli SC in Qatar last season, says Salah is an important figure to Arab countries, stating that the Egyptian international is a good example to follow.
“When I signed for Liverpool , everyone in Morocco was supporting Liverpool and now you can see it over here in Asia, in Qatar – Mo Salah also because he’s an Arabic player, so they follow him because Egypt is close to Qatar,” El Zhar told the ‘Reds’ official website.
“The image he [Salah] gives to the people, it’s very positive and we take him as an example to someone that stays humble, works hard and achieves his dreams,” added El Zhar.
El Zhar was recruited by Liverpool as a 19-year-old from French side Saint-Etienne. He sent five years at Anfield making only 32 appearances before leaving in 2011 due to lack of game time to join Levante in Spain.
“I still have my house [in Liverpool] and just want to still have something there that attaches me to the city, to the club because I spent a few years there.
“Not every day was easy because I was living alone, but I learned a lot and became a man there. Just talking with you now, that brings me a lot of emotions,” he said.
Reflecting on his days with Liverpool, the 33-year-old said it was difficult to crack into the Rafael Benitez’s side that contained the likes of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and amie Carragher.
“I mean, I was comfortable with these guys, but I had maybe too much respect.
“As someone that always respects, I’m very respectful, to see this kind of player with you, I’m not saying I didn’t deserve it but you’re always there and say to yourself, ‘You need to do a lot more in order to get to this level’.
Salah’s Liverpool are clear favouirtes to clinch the Premier League title as they sit comfortably on top of the log standings. But the League has been suspended due to the coronavirus and the English FA is yet to decide with regarding the League continuation.
The ‘Red’s deadly striker is third on the top goal scorers’ charts with 16 goals, three behind leader Jamie Vardy of Leicester City.
By FARPost Reporter