Jurgen Klopp’s side have completed their first week of preparations for the new campaign abroad, as the squad jetted off to Austria on Sunday evening for a rather scenic camp for the upcoming month.
Like most clubs, Liverpool have provided fans with inside clips and videos of everything going on – with fans treated to a glimpse inside one of Klopp’s harmonious camps.
However, eagle-eyed viewers have spotted a reaction from star man Mohamed Salah that has whetted the appetite of supporters ahead of the new campaign.
A video was posted of Joel Matip going scoring a fantastic, Lionel Messi-esque solo goal in one of the training matches.
A disgruntled Salah was not happy with his side conceding the goal, despite it being nothing more than a training session, as he grabbed and pulled on his bib in a flash of frustration.
Reds fans were quick to notice the brief angry reaction of the Egyptian – as they hailed his mentality and desire to win as one of the reasons he has become such a successful figure at Anfield.
Last season, Klopp’s side leapfrogged Chelsea into third place on the final day of the campaign, in a season where they spent large parts drifting into the abyss as they recorded six consecutive home defeats in the Premier League for the first time in the Reds’ 129-year history.
One of the marginal positives to take from the campaign, that was almost entirely played behind closed doors, was the form of Salah as he surpassed the 30-goal mark in all competitions.
To tally 31 goals in any side is a fantastic achievement. But to be able to produce that level in an underperforming team that was constantly unsettled by injuries is remarkable.
Salah’s forward colleagues, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane endured a difficult campaign as the pair only managed 27 goals between them in all competitions, further highlighting the brilliance of the Egyptian.
As the forward enters his fifth year at Anfield, there still seems to be an overriding feeling that those outside of the Liverpool bubble haven’t quite grasped how brilliant Salah is.
Not that a five-second Twitter video will change domestic rivals opinions of Salah – but it should perhaps serve as a warning to what Salah could produce in the upcoming campaign.
The commitment and drive of Liverpool’s No.11 are perfectly summed up by his desire to come back to the Premier League less than three years after being dumped by Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.
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It took less than 12 months for Salah to smash a Premier League record as he recorded the most goals (31) in a 38-game season. Adding to his three Player of the Month awards, the PFA Player of the Season award, and Liverpool’s Player of the Year award in his maiden campaign at Anfield.
And even in the summer months, having already carved himself an Anfield legacy, there is no time for Salah to slack as Pep Lijnders’ diary entry perfectly encapsulates the mindset of the 29-year-old.
The Reds coach recalled: “I also heard a story that Mo and Harvey Elliott were sitting with each other in the dining area. Harvey had some bread and some fruit on his plate and Mo asked him how many slices of bread he’d already had that day.
“Harvey said one and Mo told him to only eat the fruit! Harvey told me, ‘I’m always learning from these guys!’ We have so many players who are helping the younger players and the new ones – you feel all the way through this camp that the talents are integrating, and I like that a lot.”
Once again, Salah will be ready for action when the new campaign kicks off. And the Premier League and Europe had better watch out.
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