By Sam Stone

22nd Mar, 2023 | 5:10pm

Everton: Abdoulaye Doucoure admits he 'loves' Liverpool star Mohamed Salah

Abdoulaye Doucoure has admitted he loves Mohamed Salah with the Everton midfielder also viewing the Liverpool star as a “great example”.

Doucoure has been reborn under Sean Dyche having got on the scoresheet in the Toffees’ 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Saturday (18 March).

The Everton midfielder has since discussed his latest ongoing and has praised the Egyptian winger during an interview with BBC Sport.

“I love Sadio Mane, I love Mohamed Salah,” said Doucoure (BBC Sport, 21 March).

“It is not about football – you know the reality between the clubs – but as a human being, I love him [Salah].

“As a footballer, you always want to be an example and Mohamed Salah is one of those. He is doing well at his club so people love him, but they also learn about his religion Islam. He is a good example for us and is perfect.

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“He is good for society and if myself and my teammates can be an example to others in the city [of Liverpool], that would be great.”

Rivalries aside

It’s clear Doucoure’s comments put rivalries to one side, and he’s talking about Salah on a personal level. We shouldn’t read too much into this interview.

From a footballing perspective, the Mali international has been seriously impressive under Dyche and could well be on his way to securing a new deal at Goodison Park.

iNews (21 March) claim the board are ready to trigger the 30-year-old’s contract extension after his upturn in form. A lot will depend on Everton’s league status, but if they can negotiate a reasonable price with the former Watford man, it could well be a route the board look to go down.

A workmanlike midfielder, such as Doucoure, suits Everton’s system under Dyche, and if he can help secure the Toffees’ Premier League survival, he will be deserving of a new contract.

There’s plenty of football to play between now and the end of the season, but if the midfielder can keep up his good form, Everton stand a good chance of avoiding a nervy end to the campaign.