- Former Borussia Dortmund and Egypt forward Mohamed Zidan has sought to straighten and put some sense in his previous comments about Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah, clarifies he is misunderstood.
Earlier this year, Zidan suggested in an interview that Klopp had told him he was a better player than Salah but didn’t share his professionalism.
Zidan, who played for Dortmund between 2008 and 2012, says his comments had been misunderstood but he still looks at his career with a sense of unfulfilled potential.
“I did not say that I am better than Salah,” Zidan said.
“I said that Klopp told me that if I had the same commitment as he has, that I would have been better than what I was.
“I would have achieved a lot more. Maybe more than what Salah has achieved if I had the same commitment and concentration on and off the pitch,” he clarifies.
“I had lots of surgeries on my knees and my back, and that affected me a lot,” he added.
Nevertheless, Zidan is a huge fan of Salah’s, and with no doubt is delighted to see him become the first Egyptian to win the Premier League this season.
“He’s representing Egyptians very well in England and Liverpool. He’s doing very well and we all support him always. We all have his back and we always pray for him and always follow him because he is representing us as Egyptians and as Arabs,” Zidan said in November 2018.
He continued on his comments in November and said that he’s a good example, as we were before.
“Now, Mo Salah is continuing the legacy of Egyptian players in Europe to make the Egyptian kids keep dreaming because he’s one of us.
“Today is Mo Salah time, it is going very well, he is giving hope to all Egyptians and then in the future, it will be other kids from Egypt that will play in Europe,” Zidan said.
Despite the injuries Zidan endured, he won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund in 2011 and 2012 and won two Africa Cup of Nations titles with Egypt.
Mo Salah has become the first Egyptian to win the English Premier League.