‘Liverpool’s African Stars Are Three Of The Best’


A South African-born Liverpool legend has heaped praise on the club’s African stars, labelling three of them as being among the best in the world.

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Former Reds goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, who was born in Durban and represented Zimbabwe, was attending the launch of the LFC International Academy in Mauritius this past weekend when he took time to comment on three of the Merseyside club’s African stars.

“There are a lot of good African players and we’ve got three of the best at Liverpool,” Grobbelaar told BBC Sport.

“Sadio Mane came in and he is doing a stunning job. He was unlucky to lose the Africa Nations Cup final (against Algeria).

“Mohamed Salah, well, if you go to Egypt, he is a god there.

“Joel Matip, I knew his brother also, with whom Zimbabwe have had many battles and we played against Cameroon thrice in World Cup competitions. We were beaten and the Indomitable Lions went into the finals.”

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The Reds are also home to Guinea international Naby Keita, and Grobbelaar, who made 628 appearances during his stay at Anfield, is proud of the club’s association with the continent. 

“Liverpool had African players from the ’50s and ’60s. There were goalkeepers in the early days from South Africa,” he added.

“Then in 1981 there was a guy who came to Anfield. They say ‘Who is this guy?’, and it is me; I am African.

“So it is a long history, we pick talent and good talent, and then there is a chance for them to play. It is unique because we always look at how the player can develop and improve at Liverpool.” 

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Grobbelaar spent 13 years at Liverpool between 1981 and 1994, and won no fewer than 19 titles during his time with the club. 

Do you agree with Grobbelaar that Mane, Matip and Salah are three of the best African players in the world? Let us have your thoughts by commenting below. 

 

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Publish date : 2019-08-27 14:13:00

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