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Elliott, 20, described Salah as an ‘icon’ and ‘great human being’ and talked about how he looks after younger players.
The midfielder has become a Liverpool regular over the last couple of seasons after joining from Blackburn Rovers in 2019.
He told Liverpool’s matchday programme: ‘I think to the very day I retire I’ll always be learning different things from different players and Mo is a great example of that,’ he said.
‘Especially because we kind of played the same position when I first joined the club. I signed as a right winger, [but] knowing that it would take a miracle to take his spot!
Harvey Elliott says Mo Salah texted him after the 2-0 FA Cup win over Arsenal on January 7
He described Salah, whose immediate priority was Egypt at AFCON, as a ‘great human being’
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‘I had to adapt my game but there were things I could take from that position into the midfield where I play now: goalscoring threat, creativity and stuff like that.
‘With Mo, he’s always trying not only to push myself but the other youngsters as well and, in all fairness, he doesn’t really need to do it.
‘He’s an icon on and off the pitch and it would be easy to just focus on himself and keep making sure he’s breaking records and so on, but he takes time out of his day to check in on us, to make sure we know that if we need anything, he’s always there to give us pointers.
‘For instance, although he was at the AFCON with Egypt, he messaged me after the Arsenal game in the last round of the FA Cup saying, ‘How did you find it?’ and so on. They are the things he doesn’t have to do but he’s just a great human being and always wants the best for everyone.’
Salah is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury but has been putting in the hard yards to return against Burnley on Saturday.
He was substituted during Egypt’s 2-2 draw against Ghana on January 18 in the AFCON group stages and did not feature in their remaining two games.
Salah returned home to England to continue his rehabilitation and was forced to watch from afar as Egypt were beaten in the last-16 on penalities by DR Congo.
Elliott’s Liverpool career has taken off and he credits Salah, who ‘always wants the best for everyone’, as a mentor
Salah was forced off during Egypt’s AFCON Group B clash against Ghana with an injury
Despite fears he would be injured for a month, Salah was back training last week
The original prognosis was that he could be out for a month, but he was back on the grass last week in a major boost for Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp has warned that Liverpool will be careful in easing Salah back into the fold after injury.
He did not play in the 4-1 demolition job of Chelsea last Wednesday and did not feature in the 3-1 loss against Arsenal.
Salah is Liverpool’s top goalscorer this season, providing 18 goals and eight assists in all competitions.
His 14 Premier League goals put him joint top of the Premier League scoring charts, level with Man City star Erling Haaland.
Source From: Football | Mail Online
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