Relaxed Salah says shoulder 'much better' ahead of new season

Last season's star Mohamed Salah says he feels relaxed and fully fit ahead of the new Premier League campaign with Liverpool.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, center, controls the ball during a training session, Friday, July 27, 2018, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Liverpool FC will play Manchester United on Saturday in an International Champions Cup tournament soccer match.   -  AP

Mohamed Salah claimed he was fully fit and recovered from a shoulder injury as he looked ahead to the new season with Liverpool.

Salah, 26, returned to training at the end of last week after World Cup duty with Egypt and marked his first pre-season appearance for the Reds with a goal against Manchester City in the International Champions Cup.

The forward had a remarkable first season at Anfield, scoring 44 goals and gaining wide recognition for his performances, success which was capped with the PFA Player of the Year award.

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Liverpool has been busy in the transfer window as it looks to challenge for the Premier League title and Salah is glad to be working with his new team-mates, having suffered an injury in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid that hindered him in Russia.

"I am very happy to be back. I feel good and my shoulder is much better. I'm very happy to be back in the squad," he told Liverpool TV.

"Last year I had a great season – everyone, not just me. When people talk about myself, yes there is some pressure because it was a record [most goals in a 38-game Premier League season].

"We also have to improve [again] in the Champions League and finish in a better position in the Premier League.

"But it's not something I worry about, I just keep doing what I am doing. I am happy about what I am doing, so I just keep doing the same."

Liverpool continues its pre-season tour on Saturday when it faces old foe Manchester United in Michigan.


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