Liverpool’s Salah likened to tennis legend Federer

Date published: Tuesday 13th February 2018 3:10

Former Basel president Bernhard Heusler has compared “humble” Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to tennis legend Roger Federer.

Salah is second top scorer in the Premier League now with 22 goals – one behind Harry Kane – after scoring in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Southampton on Sunday.

The Egyptian spent two years in Basel from 2012 and Heusler found Salah to be one of the most modest sportsman out there.

“There are a few sportsmen like this,” Heusler told Sky Sports.

“Roger Federer is another. They never forget where they are from. They are humble and respect the people who were involved in their pathway even when they have gone on to bigger things.

“Maybe it is no coincidence that it is the most successful people who are like that. I am so impressed with him.”

And Heusler also recalled a trip to watch Egypt’s under-23 side  in 2012 before he signed for the Swiss outfit.

“The only reason we wanted this match was because of the chance to see Mohamed Salah play live,” he added.

“I will never forget what I saw that day on that pitch. We were so impressed. It was freezing cold but he was amazing. He only played the second half but I had never seen a player with so much speed in my entire life.”


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