The former Black Stars forward claimed the Reds superstar looked up to him during his time at Egyptian side Petrojet
There, he became an instant hit owing to his efficiency in front of goal. He also helped the team finish in the third position of the 2008–09 Egyptian Premier League season.
At that time, little Salah was developing in the youth ranks of Al Mokawloon before he was snapped up by Swiss Super League giants FC Basel.
Speaking to Ghana-based radio station Nhyira FM, the 33-year-old, who was the Blaugrana’s top-scorer during his three-year spell at that Suez Stadium, disclosed how the two-time African Player of the Year looked up to him for inspiration.
“Mohamed Salah of Liverpool picked me as a role model. During my days at FC Petrojet, Salah was a young boy playing for the youth side of Al Mokawloon.
“Salah was a left-winger who wanted to score more goals because he is clinical upfront. He sometimes cried because his effort on wings doesn’t result in goals.
“One of their coaches pushed him forward which helped his progression before leaving Egypt for FC Basel.”
Apart from his numerous records, he played a crucial role in helping the Reds win the Champions League last season.
For two consecutive seasons, he has won the Premier League Golden Boot albeit he shared last term’s honour with teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He is also on course to help the Anfield giants end their 30-year wait for an English top-flight diadem.
On the international scene, he played 12 times for the Ghanaian senior national team with four goals to his credit.