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A true leader, Mohamed Salah sends a message to his Liverpool teammates

By Charles Cornwall

A true leader, Mohamed Salah sends a message to his Liverpool teammates

Salah has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since he competed in the African Cup of Nations.

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Mohamed Salah is continuing to make his presence felt in the Liverpool dressing room as he steps up his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury. Salah got injured during Egypt's second group match against Ghana and then returned to Merseyside for treatment.

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Liverpool has coped well without Salah, who has missed the last seven matches, with the only defeat coming at Arsenal on Sunday. That result saw Arsenal close the gap to two points at the top of the Premier League but Liverpool has also made it to the Carabao Cup final and the FA Cup fifth round without the 31-year-old, the latter coming at the Gunners' expense.

Forwards Diogo Jota, Luis Díaz, Darwin Núñez and Cody Gakpo have all stepped up up to provide 11 goals and seven assists in Salah's absence. Harvey Elliott, who was originally signed as a right winger before being transformed into a midfielder by Jürgen Klopp, has also been playing in that position over the past month.

Reflecting on his relationship with Salah, the 20-year-old said: "I think to the very day I retire I'll always be learning different things from different players and Mo is a great example of that. Especially because we kind of played the same position when I first joined the club. "I signed as a right winger, knowing that it would take a miracle to take his spot! I had to adapt my game but there were things I could take from that position into the midfield where I play now: goal-scoring threat, creativity and stuff like that.

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An example to follow

Elliott also shared how Salah has been helping him and his younger Liverpool team-mates during his absence. "With Mo, he's always trying not only to push myself but the other youngsters as well and, in all fairness, he doesn't really need to do it," the England Under-21 international told Liverpool's matchday programme.