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With 33 goals and 19 assists in 66 games so far (club and selection combined), Mohamed Salah (29) could have the best time of his career on an individual level, while many lost collectively.
Winning the FA Cup and the League Cup with Liverpool, the Egyptian lost the Champions League final and finished second in the Premier League, while failing in the AFCON final and World Cup play-offs with the Pharaohs.
In an interview with France Football, the Reds star rightly bounced back from these two disappointments against Senegal, as well as his relationship with his attacking partner, Sadio Mané.
His relationship with Sadio Mané
“If we talk about rivalry between us, about selfishness, I totally disagree. I don’t know where it comes from … I have a good relationship with Sadio, we talk normally, next to me in the dressing room. Our interest was that Liverpool would win every game, so we tried to pass the ball to each other to score as many goals as possible. Look for a player in my Premier League profile, you won’t find one who responds to more assists than me. “
Both losses against Senegal
“I didn’t cry for a week. After our loss in Senegal (on March 29, he missed his shot on goal), I flew back to England. I landed at 8 in the morning and I went to the club for the medicines and sauna.And on April 2, I played seventy minutes against Watford (2-0) .Of course, I was sad but I didn’t change.I always projected myself to the next challenge.More than that the Premier League we are in for a match worthy of a World Championship between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. “
Second place in the Premier League behind Manchester City
“The last sprint and the last day were so amazing. What can we blame ourselves (92 points, just two losses)? Absolutely not. We will attack next season with only one goal: to win the Premier League. . In 2019, we also finished second. And in 2020, we became champions in England. “
The Champions League final was lost to Real Madrid
“We deserved to win, we had a lot of chances (24 shots in 4). I got two or three pretty big but, each time, Thibaut Courtois made amazing saves. That’s his job, Real recruited him for that.He deserved his title of man of the match.It was his night.Once again, I was inspired by the past.In 2018, we lost in the Champions League final, already against Real Madrid (1-3 ) and next season, we’re European champions. That’s what I want. You have to always look ahead, not complain. “
The Ballon d’Or 2022
“It’s great to hear his name mentioned for the next Ballon d’Or. I can’t deny it, I want to be known as the best player in the world. And the Ballon d’Or is number one of my goals It really surprised me with my ranking in 2021 (seventh; it was sixth in the 2018 edition and fifth in 2019) .For this year, this loss against Real Madrid is definitely a handicap, even if I have a good game in the final. But it won’t cancel everything I’ve achieved in months. Let’s wait for the jury vote. And if I’m not Ballon d’Or in 2022, I’ll do everything to follow through. “