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Salah Was ‘a Lonely, Naive Boy’ – Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has explained the difference between the Mo Salah he managed at Chelsea and the striker who won the Golden Boot in his first season at Liverpool.

Salah first moved to the Premier League in 2014 when he arrived at Stamford Bridge as a raw 21-year-old from Basel. The Egyptian scored two goals in 19 appearances for the Blues before heading to Italy, initially on loan to Fiorentina and Roma before completing a permanent move.

The attacker’s form at Roma caught the eye of Liverpool and Salah scored 44 goals in his first season at Anfield, raising questions over why Mourinho failed to help the forward achieve his potential at Chelsea.

“He arrived in Chelsea coming from Basel a lonely boy, a naive boy, completely out of context, physically fragile,” Mourinho explained to BeIN Sports.

“Then he goes to Italy, he has the experience of Fiorentina, he has the experience of Rome.

“When he comes back to England, he comes completely adapted to the high level of European football, with more understanding of the game. Physically much stronger, you can see his body, his fitness much stronger, and much more confident.’

Mourinho also discussed Liverpool’s title chances, his ‘unfinished business’ at Manchester United, and his former club’s long-term prospects under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


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