Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has revealed that his former manager Jose Mourinho praised him when they met earlier in the season.
Salah has enjoyed a remarkable debut campaign at Liverpool and finished as the top scorer in the Premier League with 32 goals, while he has found the net 44 times in all competitions.
Mourinho didn’t give Salah many opportunities to impress at Chelsea, but the Portuguese coach, now in charge of Manchester United, only had positive words to say about his former player.
Salah told Egypt Today: ‘I did meet him twice – in our match here at Anfield [Liverpool vs Manchester United] and in the other match in Manchester.
‘He told me that he is happy with what I am doing. So, I thanked him. We didn’t talk much; I just said “hi” to him and he told me that he was happy for me.’
Salah joined Chelsea from Basle in 2014 but was restricted to just 13 Premier League appearances and he was loaned out firstly to Fiorentina and then to Roma, eventually joining the latter on a permanent basis.
As reported by Goal, Mourinho said in July 2015: ‘He doesn’t belong to my squad and he’s not staying here.
‘The important thing is that he plays like he did at Fiorentina, so [I’m] happy with him going on a loan.
‘Italian football is difficult football to play, especially for attacking players. So if it’s not Fiorentina it’s Roma or Inter or Juve – I don’t know. Maybe he has a loan.
‘He’s a good boy and a good player. He needs more top-level football so I’m happy with any decision him and the club make.’
This has been an incredible season for Salah, who has impressed with his consistent performances and clinical nature in front of goal.
Liverpool have one game remaining this campaign – the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26 – and if Salah was to help his side win the famous trophy then it would be a fitting way to cap off his remarkable campaign.