“I always remember as a 10-year-old kid who was watching the Champions League from home,” the Liverpool star told Egyptian network ON Ent in an exclusive interview ahead of his side’s clash against Real Madrid on May 26.
“Sitting on the sofa and watching it eagerly. You see how people in Egypt view this so this is what makes me feel something different.”
The 25-year-old understands the significance of his presence in club football’s showpiece event – he’s the first Egyptian to reach the Champions League final – noting how far he’s come since the days of watching the European final as a youngster and the special place he holds in Egyptian fans’ hearts.
“People are watching me as I watching other superstars on TV a long time ago.
“They see their superstar capable of reaching that level and they feel capable to because someone from their country can do it, so why can’t they?
“It makes me really happy when I see people comment on that saying that I have given them hope.”
“Normally, I get up early to go for training which starts either in the morning in the afternoon,” the 25-year-old said in an interview with Egyptian network ON Ent.
“Then I come here for recovery for almost two hours. Therapy for any injuries or specific massage so you mitigate any suffering of your body.
“After that, I go to the gym here at the club which is optional for players. After training, I do stretching and recovery again. Finally, I go to the pool at the club or with Macca (daughter) at home. I finish all these activities around 7 or 8pm.
“Training is not that long but I prolong the training in order to be ready for the coming matches.”
Salah also revealed the input manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been instrumental in unlocking the Egyptian’s potential, provides in his training.
“I arrange the whole process with the coach since he has the final word about all these activities but he gives us the choice to go to the gym, or do therapy but shooting and finishing training must be done through him.”
“I love it because the football is fast,” Salah said in an interview with Egyptian network ON Ent.
“The Italian league is a very good one but it relies more on tactics so the tempo of play is a bit slower.
“That’s why I prefer the Premier League as its rhythm is faster. I wanted to come from the first day I left.”
“When I came back, it was a challenge, all of it was a challenge. When I was offered this chance, I was told to stay with Roma.
“They said you already had the chance in the Premier League before, it wasn’t as successful as Roma so stay there where the players love you and you are in harmony with the fans the club.
“But I saw something they couldn’t see. Thanks to God every one said I was right and I’m happy with it.”
The physicality of the Premier League was one reason people cited when suggesting Salah could struggle on his return to the league, but the Egyptian’s resilience has been an underrated aspect of his stunning season.
“Some players may kick you intentionally to scare you. You know when skillful footballers who make the difference are kicked once, they get worried or scared.
“I get kicked and overcame it and then just watch for the next one.”