Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking about Mohamed Salah and his potential longevity.
Liverpool face AC Milan in the Champions League tonight and before the game one of the talking points was inevitably the age-defying Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ibrahimovic’s brilliance alongside starring performances from Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski this week sparked discussion about some of Liverpool’s players starring until their 30s, and Klopp was asked about Salah’s longevity.
What’s been said?
Klopp was asked if he believed Salah has what it takes to follow in Ronaldo and Lewandowski’s footsteps and continue to be a force into his 30s.
“Possibly. I’ve never spoken to him about that, about how long he wants to play, but he has all of the things you need to do that. He is physically more the type of Lionel Messi. Similar height, similar weight probably. All of these guys had to be lucky with injuries, they were not without injuries, but they could come back without further harm. That’s very important, but Mo has all the things and I’m pretty sure with how he sees football he wants to be a part of the game for as long as possible,” Klopp said.
The game has changed
Lewandowski, Ronaldo, Messi and Ibrahimovic have all proven in recent years that football has truly changed.
Back in the day, a footballer wouldn’t be able to offer much once they hit their mid-30s, but with incredible training and nutrition regimes, that has all changed.
Now, players aren’t hitting their primes until their advanced years, and there’s no reason Salah can’t do the same.
As long as the Egyptian remains injury-free, there’s no reason why he can’t continue to be one of the Premier League’s best for years to come.