Didier Drogba has revealed that Mohamed Salah used to confide in the Chelsea legend about his goal-scoring woes before his incredible transformation at Liverpool FC.
The Egypt international followed in the footsteps of Drogba by winning the African footballer of the year award earlier this week ahead of competition from Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Victor Moses and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Salah spent six months at Chelsea in 2014 before he moved to Serie A on loan at Fiorentina and AS Roma before he made his switch to the Italian capital permanent in 2016.
Liverpool FC brought Salah back to the Premier League in a £39m deal in the summer transfer window as Jurgen Klopp looked to add more pace to his team to complement Mane.
And the 25-year-old has scored 14 times in 16 appearances in the Premier League to lead the division’s goal-scoring charts ahead of Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata.
Salah has also contributed five goals in the Champions League group stage to help Liverpool FC set up a last-16 meeting with FC Porto in Europe’s premier club competition.
However, Chelsea legend Drogba has revealed that Salah wasn’t always so confident in front of goal.
“He’s unpredictable he can dribble past you easily and he has got stronger and he can score goals,” Drogba told the BBC.
“There was time when he was texting me: ‘I don’t score, I don’t know why.’ I said: ‘It is just a matter of time and confidence.’
“When you have the confidence, everything can happen and you can see now that he is scoring goals.
“I saw how he improved through the years. He had to go to Italy to perform and then come back to England show that he is the player we always believed he was
“What he has done with the national team as well being able to qualify the country in a very difficult game I think he deserves it.”