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Mohamed Salah talks hunger, goal-craving with Men in Blazers (video)


Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian King himself, joined Roger Bennett from Men in Blazers for an interview just before the international break and the duo had an intriguing conversation.

Bennett asked Salah about two hot button issues amongst Liverpool fans: The in-team rivalry with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and what happens now that the Reds team has quenched its thirst for a Premier League title.

Let’s start with the latter.

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“I think it’s true for everybody that when you win it takes something from your hunger,” Salah said. “I have to stay hungry. You have to find something inside you to push you forward.”

Salah has certainly found that, as the Egyptian has eight goals in eight games to start the Premier League season, adding another two goals and an assist in the Champions League.

The Premier League’s second-place side prepares for Atalanta at midweek and Brighton at the weekend and Salah says the pressure to perform remains high and that competition is about more than simply scoring more than his teammates.

“The competition from us for sure is helping, but I don’t want to take it from me and Sadio and Bobby because the other strikers in the Premier League also scored more goals,” Salah said. “I want to score more than anybody in the league. I want to score more than anybody in Europe. It’s my mentality. Maybe some people like it, maybe some do not but I don’t really care about that but in the mean time my number of assists is really high.”

The entire Salah exchange is above.

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Social media reacts to the end of Liverpool’s unbeaten season


The word of the day in the football world is schaedenfreude.

From metaphorically-popped bottles to Gary Neville doing the real thing, Twitter had a lot to say about the end of Liverpool’s hopes of an Invincibles season.

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Liverpool supporters were understandably defiant, and some celebrated their amazing run. After all, this is the club that will win the Premier League title in a landslide.

And, as you can imagine… a certain club who last went unbeaten in the Premier League had a lot to say.

Everton fan Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers was eager to have a measure of joy from the only thing his side has done better than their rivals this season.


Men in Blazers podcast: Recapping the Premier League weekend

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Rog and Davo are here with fresh takes on this insufferable winter break, entertaining us all with their latest podcast on Tuesday.

The gents discuss the weekend’s Premier League action, highlighted by Carlo Ancelotti‘s resurgent Everton and Storm Ciara’s complicating the fixture lists of Manchester City and West Ham United.

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Men in Blazers podcast: Spurs-Liverpool and Mourinho’s vendettas

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Rog and Davo are here for all of your Premier League needs, and have dished up a brand new podcast.

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The boys discuss Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, leading with Jose Mourinho’s distaste for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, and then roll through the rest of the weekend.

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Rog also spoke with famous Everton fan Speedo Mick about his class brand of charitable support.

Rooney: With Guardiola, England ‘could have won everything’

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Between 2000-2008, the England National Team had some of the best individual players in their positions in all of world soccer. Yet they never made it past the quarterfinals in any tournament they competed in, and the “Golden Generation” came to a relative end with England failing to qualify for the 2008 European Championship all together.

According to Wayne Rooney, in a sit down with Roger Bennett from Men in Blazers on the Wayne Rooney Podcast, had England had a better coach, they would have won it all.

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“You look at our team ten years ago and we arguably had the best group of players in world football,” Rooney said. “Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Gerrard, Scholes, Lampard, Beckham, Myself, Michael Owen. Our team then, if we had Guardiola, with that group of players, we would have won everything. No doubt about it.”

If you’re like me and you’ve enjoyed Rooney’s honest chats with Rog, it’s not super surprising to hear him speak this off the cuff about a major moment earlier in his career. There’s a lot to break down from this comment, though.

Rooney’s first manager for England was the Swede Sven-Goran Eriksen. Eriksen, when he took over England in 2001, was coming off leading Lazio – yes Lazio – to the Serie A title, and had previous success with Fiorentina, Roma, and Benfica in Portugal.

He was ultimately criticized for his lack of fire and emotion on the touchline, as he watched England get knocked out of the quarterfinals at both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and the 2004 European Championships. The 2004 Euros and 2006 World Cup exits were both on penalty kicks, both to Portugal.

Rooney of course was injured against Portugal in the 2004 tournament, and had been injured in the run up to the 2006 World Cup and wasn’t at his best for that tournament either.

Perhaps the biggest indictment against Eriksen’s leadership – and that of the managers before him – was that Paul Scholes retired from international duty at just 30-years old, despite being one of the best holding midfielders in the world. Eriksen had tried, repeatedly to somehow fit Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Scholes into a 4-4-2, with one forced to play along the wing, and Scholes apparently decided if he wasn’t valued enough, he’d quit while he was ahead.

You wonder if Guardiola, or any coach today, with the value played on a good holding midfielder, would have made Scholes the first name on the teamsheet.

Things didn’t get much better for England after Eriksen, and Steve McLaren failed to qualify England for the 2008 Euros and was run out of town, but the damage was done.

So could Guardiola have won the World Cup with the former Golden Generation? Perhaps. But Guardiola would have struggled to get all these individual talents – many of whom were rivals for their club teams – to play together and play for the flag on their chest.

Listen to the rest of Rooney’s chat with Rog below.

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