The 26-year-old joined the Reds from Roma at the beginning of last season, where he had established himself as a key player in Serie A following a previously underwhelming stint in English football with Chelsea.
Salah’s arrival in the Italian capital, initially on loan following a similar temporary spell at Fiorentina, effectively spelled the end of Gervinho’s first-team duties, with the Ivory Coast man departing to China five months later.
During the period where they shared the same club however, the 31-year-old admitted that he was in awe of his fellow winger’s intensity, adding that he not only possessed the talent to be a star, but also the work ethic and sacrifice.
“I'll never forget his training sessions: very high rhythm, pushed like a madman, you watched him in amazement.
“He had a sort of positive effect – you saw Salah and wanted to work harder. Talent and sacrifice.”
Salah arrived at the Stadio Olimpico on a temporary year-long deal in August 2015 from Chelsea following a failure to break into the Blues’ first team and was named Roma’s Player of the Season for the 2015-16 campaign.
He made a subsequent permanent move to the club and helped them to a second-place finish in Serie A the following season, before departing for Liverpool in a deal that is estimated to potentially rise to £50 million (£$64m).
The Reds return to action on Saturday following the November international break, as they travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in the Premier League.