London, July 1
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah says he wants to remain at the Premier League champions for a long time and says the team have developed a perfect understanding.
The Egypt international, who signed a new five-year deal in 2018, was the top scorer at the club this season with 17 Premier League goals as they secured a 19th top-flight title with seven games to spare.
“I’m very happy… I can’t describe my feelings after we won the league after 30 years. I can see people’s joy and this is so important for all of us,” Salah told BeIN Sport.
“I enjoy the atmosphere here … I love this place and I hope to stay for a long time. The atmosphere here is different to any other place.”
“We have adapted well as a team and our understanding is perfect. If this continues, we can achieve more. It’s difficult to maintain our current level, but it’s not impossible.”
Salah hailed the impact of club captain Jordan Henderson and said he would pick the midfielder as the best player in the league this season.
“Maybe I’ll choose Henderson because he’s the captain and he’s been here for about eight-nine years. He had a difficult time in the beginning and he was heavily criticized,” he said.
“… He, as a captain, is loved by all of us and he tries to help all players and helps youth players to adapt.”
League title won’t quell Liverpool hunger: Henderson
Liverpool’s challenge after wrapping up their first English league title in 30 years is to maintain their intensity and keep pushing for trophies, skipper Jordan Henderson has said.
The club sealed their 19th league crown with seven Premier League matches remaining after having won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup last year.
Henderson told British media the mentality of his team would never change.
“They’ll want to keep going and keep improving because the hard bit now is continuing that consistency and intensity to keep going at the highest level, keep winning trophies,” he said.
“That’s going to be a new challenge for us to cope with and I’ve got every confidence from us that we’ll meet it.”
Henderson said manager Juergen Klopp would help them maintain their focus.
“… We see the manager as being someone who would never let distractions get in the way of what we’re trying to achieve,” Henderson added.
“After the Champions League (final) you could have asked would they still have that drive, that hunger to go on and win more? And I think we have proven this season we do.”
Liverpool visit second-placed Manchester City in the league on Thursday. — Reuters