Pep Lijnders has explained the 'secret' that has helped transform Liverpool's Mohamed Salah into one the world's leading forwards.

Salah has accrued a host of landmarks and honours since arriving at Anfield in the summer of 2017.

The Egyptian has won the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, along with claiming the PFA Player of the Year award in 2018 and two Golden Boots.

The 28-year-old has scored 104 goals in 168 games and has already netted 10 times in 16 outings this campaign.

And Liverpool assistant manager Lijnders has pinpointed what puts Salah in the highest bracket of attackers in the modern game.

"He is a gifted finisher, his imagination and intuition in these moments are brilliant," he said.

"The way he can keep the ball in the hardest situations and find a way to come out and score is what identifies him.

"Many players have this, but not many have this consistently. Then you are part of the world's best. It's all about the mentality to 'never give less'.

"But for me, bigger than the achievement of the goals is his everyday presence in our club. His character is special, he is a true example. There is no bigger compliment in life. The best ones stay humble, the best ones are true examples.

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"Mo invests a lot of time in his preparations, he treats his body well and we have seen him grow as a professional. His ambitions are high but his attitude in training is higher. If there is one secret in life, that would be the one."

Lijnders has also pointed to Salah's overall contribution, with the player also providing 40 assists during his Anfield career.

"He is so much more than a 'striker' for us," he added, speaking to the official Liverpool matchday programme. "Our game stimulates this development and forces this way because everyone is responsible for everything. He becomes more and more a 'playmaker' as well.

"But the most valuable characteristics of stars is that they know what the team is and what makes us all reach these highs."

While Salah's reputation is long-established, Liverpool have seen a number of youngsters this season take significant steps at the start of their careers.

Academy graduates Rhys Williams, Neco Williams and Curtis Jones have all made their Champions League debuts in recent weeks, and were joined by goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher in the 1-0 win over Ajax on Tuesday that confirmed qualification to the knockout stages as group winners.

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And Lijnders said: "All of them are in different moments of their development, but all are building the ground of a professional career. That's the most important thing.

"When the process is fluid and you have a strong collective idea, it's much easier for a young player to come though and have a good consistent performance. And that's what has happened.

"We are really happy for all of them - what a dream that has been for them. Now they have all of their professional lives in front of them."