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Steve Kerr is a fanboy of Liverpool’s dynamic striker Mohamed Salah.
In an interview with the The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami, Kerr explained he only recently became a soccer fan. Last summer he was looking for a side to support for the World Cup and learned about the Egyptian soccer player.
“This past summer I really was intrigued by the Mo Salah story – Egypt qualified for the World Cup for the first time in I don’t know how long. And I lived in Egypt for three years growing up. I have a soft spot in my heart for the country,” Kerr said.
“So then I started reading more about Mo Salah. And the guy’s incredible. He stood up to the Egyptian soccer federation. He said, ‘no, you’ve gotta take care of our team. You’ve gotta do this the right way or I’m not playing’. And that’s no small feat in Egypt.”
Steve Kerr revealed he was a Liverpool supporter to the public when he quoted their head coach Jurgen Klopp. He called the Warriors players “f—-n giants” when they rallied to defeat the Houston Rockets after Kevin Durant went out with an injury in game five of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Klopp used the same words to describe his Liverpool players, who came from four goals down to defeat Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the return leg of the Champions League semifinal. The victory advanced them to the finals of the tournament where they will play Tottenham Hotspurs this Saturday.
Hopefully Kerr will be able to take a few hours off from coaching his team in the NBA Finals to watch the game and his favorite player.
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