Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has raved about the ability of his teammate Mohamed Salah and has suggested that his work-rate off the ball is often overlooked by outsiders.
Salah, 28, is a talisman in the Reds team that has been instrumental in winning the Premier League and Champions League in the past couple of years, plus he’s part of a formidable front trio alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
The left-footed attacker has exactly 100 goals in a Liverpool shirt and is the third-fastest in the club’s history to reach the landmark.
Henderson, who moved to Anfield back in 2011 for £20million (BBC), has picked out that hard work shown by Salah and has discussed his overall impact on Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“He works so hard for the team, sacrifices for the team. All of us on the pitch benefit from that,” Henderson told the club’s official website.
“It does feel – rightly or wrongly – that Mo is only really praised when he scores goals, and that for me is missing so much of the all-round contribution he makes.
“I can’t remember where I heard it or who from, but I remember people saying that in his prime Ian Rush was Liverpool’s best defender. And this is because of the work he did by setting the tone with his work-rate from the front. We are so fortunate to have this quality in all our front players.
Salah has been painted with the brush of a greedy footballer and that may come the case to his mindset when he’s around the box looking to score, but he’s a vital part out of possession when it comes to defending and winning the ball back as quickly as possible.
The Egyptian right-winger loves to cut inside onto his favoured foot and he’s been one of the elite players in the Premier League for the last few years now.
He’s started the new league season with six goals in the opening six fixtures and he’s going to be pivotal in the Merseyside trying to retain their title, which looks like it’s going to be a difficult task based on some of the early-season results.