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Mohamed Salah on Liverpool’s Premier League Clash with Manchester United: You Have to Take it as a Normal Game

Just focus on the task in hand

Liverpool Training Session Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Mohamed Salah. He’s good at football. Better than anyone at Man Utd, at least.

He’s better technically, and he’s better mentally. And he’s not even thinking about that in preparation for today’s game.

“You can see from the fans, before and during the game, that they are really excited about playing Manchester United and they really want to win it,” Salah told Sky Sports.

“There is big competition and, okay, that’s important, but as a player you don’t have to put more pressure on yourself. In the back of your mind, of course, you know that the fans are pushing you forward to play better and give even more than what you have, but you have to take it as a normal game. You need to get the three points and just carry on.

”I think Manchester United play against me in a different way to some other players. They defend against me in a different way. It’s a challenge, but I’m happy about that. As long as the team are winning, I’m always happy.”

Speaking of his own development, the Egypt international explained that “in the first year when I came here, I was playing more as a winger. Then, in the second year, it was a real challenge to see what I could do when the other teams came to defend against me on the wing, and I knew that there would always be two players waiting for me there.

“I had to change my positioning. Now, sometimes I go inside and play more in that part of the pitch, and sometimes I play number nine. It was a challenge, that change, but I think I’m doing well. I finished as top scorer for the team again last season, which is something great.

”For every game, I try to study the opponent before we play. I try to find in my head the way I’m going to score against them. I think it’s working well because I have scored many goals for the team. I think there’s a lot I am improving and there is a lot of room to improve more.”

Salah’s good. Liverpool are good. That’s all there is to it.

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