Monday Mar 30, 2020. 12:00
Former Morocco international and Nabil El Zhar has explained why he struggled at Liverpool FC.
The experienced winger is currently on the books of Qatari club Al Ahli having also played for Spanish sides Levante, Leganes and Las Palmas since leaving the Reds in 2011.
El Zhar feels giving his teammates too much respect affected his performance during his spell with the former English champions.
“I mean, I was comfortable with these guys but I had maybe too much respect,” El Zhar told the club’s official website.
“As someone that always respects, I’m very respectful, to see this kind of player with you.
“I’m not saying I didn’t deserve it but you’re always there and say to yourself, ‘You need to do a lot more in order to get to this level,” he added.
“I was training very hard every [session] but you’re always there and know it’s going to be difficult to be better than them. But you always try.”
The 33-year-old player, who spent some time with Greek giants PAOK on loan from the Reds, went on to reveal that his children are massive Liverpool supporters.
“My kids are big, big, big Liverpool fans. I always tell them what’s on and now they are very big fans and they ask me always, ‘When are you going to take us there, when are we going to see this player and this player?’ he continued.
“They will have to be a little bit patient because I still play football and it’s difficult for me to travel. When I retire, I’ve promised that I will take them to Anfield.
“I still have my house [in Liverpool] and just want to still have something there that attaches me to the city, to the club because I spent a few years there. Not every day was easy because I was living alone, but I learned a lot and became a man there,” he added.
“Just talking with you now, that brings me a lot of emotions.”