There’s something about Salah that tells me he just wants to play all the time. His lifestyle and fitness is world class - he’ll miss a couple of games I think but that’s it.
The term "gym rat" fits Salah, VvD, and multiple other LFC players. Athletes who live to play their sport regardless if they're getting paid or playing a pick up game. I couldn't believe how much VvD played last preseason and last season and no doubt his understanding with Klopp is: If I'm reasonably healthy , I'm playing.
Some athletes, no matter how great they are, live in fear that if they relent even 1% they will lose their starting position or their place on the roster altogether.
Tom Brady, QB of the New England Patriots NFL football team, is perhaps the greatest example of an elite athlete who, despite winning 16 Division titles, 9 Conference championships, 6 Super Bowls, and every accolade you an imagine, refuses to cede any playing time to backups, even during garbage time of games because that is how he is wired. He fought for playing time in college verses a star recruit who was anointed the team's starter before arriving on campus. Brady was the 4th string QB at New England who had to beat out the team's franchise player, #1 QB Drew Bledsoe. It took a Bledsoe injury for Brady to finally get his shot as the Patriots starter 19 years ago and the fear of being replaced by the "next new guy" has been one of his greatest driving forces that has pushed him to succeed....even now at age 41.
Then there is an athlete like Kyrie Irving, an incredibly talented but perpetually unhappy NBA point guard in search of his next team. He was quoted yesterday as saying "I'm looking for a new team with enough talent so I don't have to play every night." (I paraphrase). Imagine handing the keys of your franchise and the combination to its vault to a player whose first priority is "star treatment." (Neymar comes to mind)
Salah is fighter like Brady.....someone who has had to battle his entire career with the mentality of having to constantly prove himself. And even with all his current success, Mo is not taking anything for granted.
(a little different than Neymar....wouldn't you say)
Fill a roster with this type of wiring and you have one bad ass team. Salah, VvD, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Mane come to mind though I know LFC has a bunch more
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