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Former FC Basel president Bernhard Heusler has compared Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s humbleness and his character to that of Switzerland great Roger Federer.

Salah, who started his career with a local Egypt club El Mokawloon, burst on to the scenes when FC Basel played a friendly game against Egypt’s U23 team following the Port Said Stadium riot (where 74 people were killed and more than 500 were injured).

The match was played in Basel and the Swiss side were already tracking Salah’s progress by then. Despite missing the first-half action, Salah came on in the second period and won the game for his country 4-3, with him scoring two goals in the process.

Basel were left humbled by his performance and asked him to stay in Switzerland for a week’s training and before anyone would know, he signed a four-year contract with the club. After spending two seasons with the club, Chelsea came knocking on his doors but with the lack of regular first-team football coupled with him being unable to cope with the pressure, a couple of loan deals followed before Roma made his transfer a permanent one.

Eventually, in the summer of 2017, Liverpool concluded days of speculation after agreeing to pay a reported £34m  for the Egyptian. Once described as an unfit personnel for the Premier League, Salah took the lead by storm and became the first Liverpool player to score 20 league goals since 2014. Salah has played 36 games in all competitions for Liverpool thus far and has grabbed a whopping 30 goals.

In an interview with Sky Sports, former Basel president Bernhard Heusler spoke highly of Salah’s time at St. Jakob-Park and went on to compare the Egyptian’s humble nature to Switzerland’s one and only, Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner in tennis.

“There are a few sportsmen like this. 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.”

Salah was yet again in the limelight when Liverpool faced Southampton at the St. Mary’s as he first laid down an assist for Roberto Firmino’s opener before scoring his 22nd goal of the Premier League. He even scored earlier in the day against Porto and it is remarkable how the Egyptian continues his fine form this season.

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“The pressure is on the teams behind” – Former Liverpool star claims Man City have to deal with more pressure in title race

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Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia believes Manchester City are the ones who are under pressure as the race for the Premier League title heats up.

The Cityzens are four points behind Liverpool at the moment, and the Reds have been relentless having dropped just nine points so far this season.

Garcia was speaking while promoting a charity match against AC Milan in March and claimed the Reds would have taken this situation at the start of the season (h/t Belfast Telegraph).

The Spaniard won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool and further claimed that we would have a chance of winning the league if we remain close to the top with five games remaining.

Garcia believed teams chasing are always the ones facing the pressure (h/t Belfast Telegraph):

“The pressure is on the teams behind them because when you are up front it is important you continue winning the next game and you don’t think about it.

“They (chasing teams) have to think about what it will be like if they fail and that is a lot of pressure.”

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Sadio Mane in action against Manchester City

Manchester City play ahead of the Reds in the next two Premier League match days, and it will be interesting to see if they can put the pressure on us.

City have cracked a couple of times this season with surprising losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, but have looked in great touch since defeating us at the Etihad.

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The Reds have squeezed past Brighton and Crystal Palace in their last two games and now have a mini-break ahead of their clash against Leicester City while City play in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

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“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan

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There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.

The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.

The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.

The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.

The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.

Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.

The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.

The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.

Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.

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Premier League leaders Liverpool could become the first football to post an annual net profit of more than €100million, according to Inside World Football (h/t Mirror).

The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.

There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.

The report adds that the Reds recorded a turnover of €364million in 2016-17 but that should jump up to more than €450million when the accounts are published by Companies House in March.

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Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.

Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.

We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.

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The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

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