Mohamed Salah’s former youth coach backs the Egyptian for the Ballon d’Or

Mohamed Salah’s former youth coach at El Mokawloon, Hamdy Nouh believes there is more to come from the Egypt international, who has enjoyed a splendid 18 months at Liverpool. The attacker joined the Reds from AS Roma in the summer of 2017 and thereafter, there were question marks whether he can impress in the Premier League after failing at the first attempt with Chelsea.

However, he has come out with flying colours by contributing 60 goals across all competitions – out of which 45 have resulted in the Premier League. Because of this, he has been touted as a potential Ballon d’Or candidate for the future and Nouh feels the 26-year-old has the determination to go on to win the prestigious individual award.

He told “I saw great talent and insistence on success so I always tried to help him develop on the pitch in individual training and also outside in terms of the psychological side. It helped that he was committed and had great ambition. Salah can win Ballon d'Or. He has great determination, a desire to develop and ambition without limit. He has to keep himself grounded and not surrender to pressure. Protecting himself from injury will also be important.”

“Salah had experienced a tough end to the previous campaign after he suffered a shoulder injury during the Reds“’ Champions League final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid. Thereafter, the attacker had a rather forgettable World Cup where he struggled to “overcome the injury concern“
but he has managed to shed the disappointment with the Reds this season.

The Egyptian made a slow start to the campaign by scoring just three times until the October international break but he has since picked up pace with 13 goals while helping the Reds cement the top position in the league standings. Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently four points ahead of Manchester City with 17 matches left to play.