Older brother admits Mo Salah’s hot streak helps him to improve his own game, but admits ‘Mo is still Mo’
A 17-year-old Liverpool prodigy who is attracting attention from Premier League clubs admits he can’t help but take inspiration from Mo Salah’s pace and skill but refuses to be spoiled by success.
“As a kid I wanted to be like him, like the way he moves around the pitch, like the way he finishes off his chances and scores goals,” Kaide Gordon told the Liverpool Echo. “That’s what I always dreamed of. But he’s still Mo Salah,” the 17-year-old added.
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Gordon, who has played for Liverpool’s Under-18s and is set to make his full debut for the Under-19s, said Salah, Liverpool’s £35m record signing, has given him renewed confidence in his own ability.
“Mo is still Mo,” said Gordon. “Even if he’s not getting the opportunities of last season, he’s still showing what he’s got. He’s different class. He’s top-class.”
Gordon added: “I looked at how he played and watched him. He does not just come and run out wide, he runs in behind, he chases down people and crosses in well.
“Because of his pace I try to get in behind the defenders and get a shot off and hopefully get on the scoresheet.”
Liverpool are hoping to have Salah back on the pitch next season and with his speed, Gordon is looking forward to learning more about how Salah performs in a red shirt.
“When he was coming up through the ranks he was taught how to play it on the right but when he arrived at Liverpool he played it on the left, the right and the left again.
“Now that he’s playing here with me I’m going to learn some of the different things he does, how he plays and what he sees.”
Gordon also revealed Salah gives his younger team-mates advice on how to handle the attention from the fans.
“People like to drop the mic and try to get to us, all the way up until the top players,” he said. “Salah has been to the media and he knows how that feels.
“We all talk about it but I’m a confident guy so I haven’t really let it affect me. We are lucky to be getting all this attention and once the fans get to know us we can play even better football. We’ve really got to learn from that. We’ve got to enjoy it now but make sure we keep focused to get to where we want to be in the future.”