Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic has said there is plenty that he wants to ‘learn’ from Liverpool counterpart Mohamed Salah.
The two wingers will face off in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley, with both aiming to win their first domestic cup competition in England.
And Pulisic is aware of the threat that former Blues player Salah poses, insisting he would like to emulate the Egyptian’s progression.
“He is an incredible player,” Pulisic said in an interview with ESPN. “As far as the Premier League goes this season, he has generally been up there with the best.
“There’s definitely a lot to look up to and I can learn from him. He’s a great goal-scorer, really strong, he does a lot of things well that people don’t even realise to get him into position to score these goals. He’s someone I can learn from.”
Chelsea’s last meeting with Liverpool came in early January at Stamford Bridge, with the Reds surrendering a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw.
Pulisic is aware that his side will be in for another tough battle on Sunday but will not be fazed by the challenge.
“The players Liverpool have and the style they play, they make things very difficult for you,” Pulisic said.
“They are a high-pressure team, they have a lot of physical, fast players, dangerous up front. All of the above – they have a lot of good players so it is always a tough team and a good coach.
“We’ve played in finals before. We’ve won and lost them but it’s about getting in the mindset and being ready to fight because in a final, that’s what they’re for. It’s up for grabs, maybe not always the best football-playing team is going to win.
“It is about grinding, fighting and winning that one-off game. That’s what we are going to do; hopefully we are going to get it done this time.”