Former Liverpool forward Nabil El Zhar has hailed Mohamed Salah's influence on the Arab youth.
The former Morocco international said that the Arabic world has a special place Salah and they now follow Liverpool because of the Egyptian's exploits.
Former Morocco international and Liverpool forward Nabil El Zhar has talked about Mohamed Salah’s influence on the Arab youth.
El Zhar was recruited by Liverpool as a 19-year-old in 2006 from French side Saint-Etienne, however, he failed to cement a spot within the first team forcing him to leave for Levante five years later.
Talking to Liverpool’s official website, the Al Ahli winger talked about his time with the Reds and Salah’s importance for Arab countries, saying that he’s an example to follow.
“When I signed for Liverpool, everyone in Morocco was supporting Liverpool and now you can see it over here in Asia, in Qatar. Mo Salah also because he’s an Arabic player, so they follow him because Egypt is close to Qatar. They support everyone but they have a special [feeling] for Mo Salah," he told Liverpool's official website.
El Zhar was recruited by Liverpool as a 19-year-old in 2006 from French side Saint-Etienne, however, he failed to cement a spot within the first team forcing him to leave for Levante five years later. He is currently contracted to Qatar's Al Ahli.
The French-born attacker said that Salah's mien is a good example for the Arabic youth who wish to follow in his steps.
“For myself, too, because he’s Arabic, he’s a good example. The image he gives to the people, it’s very positive and we take him as an example to someone that stays humble, works hard and achieves his dreams."
Salah is on the verge of winning the Premier League with Liverpool as they sit on top of the league table. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak and the league’s suspension, it is still unclear what will be the English FA’s decision regarding the league continuation.
Although born in France, El Zhar chose to play internationally for the country of his parents, Morocco. However, he did represent France at youth level. El Zhar played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, and Morocco got to the semi-finals, where they were defeated 3–0 by Nigeria. Morocco ended the tournament in fourth place after a 2–1 loss to Brazil.