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What Congo players did shows the sheer impact of Liverpool hero Mo Salah in Africa

Mohamed Salah’s rise to fame has been quick and exhilarating, words that can also be used to describe the Egyptian winger.

A Chelsea reject and now winning the Premier League Golden Boot twice in a row, Salah has shown consistency and shut down all claims of him being a “one season wonder”.

Salah along with Jurgen Klopp has been instrumental in changing the atmosphere and life at Liverpool as the club are going nowhere but up and after winning the UEFA Champions League.

Mo Salah is currently fighting for the Africa Cup of Nations in his homeland. The Pharaohs have won both their group games without conceding a goal.

A 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe and a 2-0 win against DR Congo have seen Egypt top Group A. Egypt will play second place Uganda in their final group game.

After the match against DR Congo where Salah added to Egypt’s lead just before half-time, the Liverpool star was swarmed by the Congolese players for selfies.

The incident just goes to show how Salah has managed to impact football in Africa. A player of immense talent who has shown the importance of hard work and will power.

Salah joins the elite list of players from Africa in recent history such as Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure. These players have put their respective nations on the map after performing at the highest level in the European leagues

Just like Mohamed Salah has brought together the whole nation of Egypt with his heroics with Liverpool!


Adidas hits it out of the park with a sensational ad featuring Liverpool star Mo Salah

The voice captivating and the picture spellbinding, an absolute thing of beauty Adidas has created, just like the Reds last season.

Titled  “Mo Salah | Create Your Own Ending”, Adidas released an advert as soon as Liverpool lifted the Champions League in Madrid for the sixth time.

But it was in Anfield where the real magic happened. When the Reds came back against Barcelona to win 4-0, what went down to be one of the greatest comebacks in the history of this beautiful game.

Something mesmerising and similar to what had happened in Istanbul back in 2005 when the flagbearer of that win and their legendary captain Steven Gerrard brought home the Champions League after 21 long years.

“Steven Gerrard and Mo Salah know what it takes to make a proper comeback in the UEFA Champions League”  – wrote Adidas Football.

We can see it in the comment section which is filled with the writings about the hope that Salah has provided to the people back in his own country and neighbouring countries that are caught up in violence and poverty.

Narrating the herculean journey throughout this European campaign, Steven Gerrard walks us through by telling what it takes to make a comeback at this level.

The injury & defeat that brought grief & agony to Mohamed Salah and Liverpool after their loss against Real Madrid did indeed play a part.

It took something special to have faith and have a go again, except this time ‘you create your own ending.’

Check out the immaculate ad below –


Look how Sadio Mane reacted to Mo Salah’s penalty

Liverpool fans on the internet are absolutely loving how Sadio Mane reacted to Mohamed Salah’s 2nd minute penalty during their Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.

A new footage doing the rounds online shows the emotional reaction from the Senegalese as he went to ground on his knees after Salah smashed the penalty past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Mane, who usually maintains a cool demeanour on the pitch and refrains from any extreme reactions, showed how much this early goal meant to him as other players ran towards Salah to celebrate the goal.

Despite having less possession throughout the game, Liverpool ended their season by registering a convincing win against their Premier League counterparts at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium last weekend.

Check out the video below –


What was Alisson doing with a Mo Salah doll during Liverpool parade

Thousands of Liverpool fans took the time out to celebrate the brilliant Champions League win at the team victory parade on Sunday.

Breathtaking scenes were captured as the Liverpool squad went about the city giving all the supporters a glimpse of their precious trophy.

The Liverpool City Council and the people of the great city showed everyone how to hold a victory parade.

Everyone attending the event had a lot of fun it seems, but Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was spotted having the time of his life.

Arguably one of Liverpool’s most important players this season, the Liverpool goalkeeper was visibly drunk and one point was seen with a Mo Salah doll for some reason.

The big Brazilian seems to absolutely love the fact that someone brought a cute looking doll of his teammate. Check out the incident below –


How Mo Salah went out of his way to please Liverpool fans in Marbella

The preparations are in full swing as the Liverpool squad buckles up for their major night. Yes, it’s the Champions League final against their Premier League rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.

As their 6-day training camp is underway, the fans keep visiting their hotel in Marbella, Spain. It is in this Spanish town that the Reds are preparing for the ultimate showdown.

Warming Up To The Fans

The fans are hoping to catch some action before the team heads off to Madrid. Liverpool stars are surely taking their precious time out to interact with their supporters.

Roberto Firmino & Sadio Mané each spent approximately 2 to 3 minutes interacting with the fans. But Mo Salah took it a notch higher.

The Liverpool man socialized with the crowd for more than 25 minutes. With the absence of other major stars in the finals of UCL, Salah is the biggest name to look forward in the final.

Football fanatics are used to seeing mega-stars like Messi, Ronaldo, Buffon & Griezmann in the UCL Finals.

But this year’s dramatic Champions League season witnessed the rise of teams like Ajax who thrashed out two of the biggest contenders: the defending champions, Real Madrid & the Italian champions, Juventus.

As if that weren’t enough, we watched in awe the departure of Manchester City & Barcelona.

With that the champion of every European country: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, England & others departed one by one. What they left behind were the EPL rivals Liverpool & Spurs.

Reds Vs Blaugrana

Salah almost stumbled out of this season when he got injured in the semi-finals against Barcelona. In the 2nd leg, he encouraged his team from the stands, sporting a t-shirt with the slogan “NEVER GIVE UP”.

It was an emotional moment for Salah as his team played in his absence against the Spanish champs. His support aided them to recover from a 3 – 0 loss in the 1st leg. The Reds ended up scoring a 4 – 0 in the return leg, robbing Barcelona off their Champions League dream.

Last Summer’s Dream

The Egyptian was deprived of his victory in the Champions League final against Real Madrid last year.

Liverpool lost their talisman after an encounter with Sergio Ramos. Salah was taken off the field in tears & just like that the night went against Liverpool. The score read 3 – 1 in favor of Los Blancos as they collected their 13th UCL trophy on that eventful night.

A single injury took away all of Salah’s dreams last season. He would surely hopes nothing of the sort happens again.

Hence his extra attention towards his supporters to comfort them that this time nobody can knock him down. This time he’s not going out without a fight!


No respite for Alexis Sanchez as Man Utd star gets compared with Mo Salah’s daughter online

Alexis Sanchez’s move from Arsenal to Manchester United in January 2018 hasn’t gone as many would have expected. After having a few amazing seasons at Arsenal, he has looked a shadow of his former self at United. The Chilean has endured a miserable 2018/19 season and that has led to his future being in doubt at Old Trafford

Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho midway through the last season and replaced him with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Despite a change in the scenery, Sanchez failed to hit the mark. In fact, in his 20 appearances for Manchester United in the recently concluded Premier League season, he has only scored 1 goal.

When Makka Salah stole the limelight at Anfield

In recent events, Mohamed Salah shared the Golden Boot trophy with Sadio Mane and Pierre Emerick- Aubameyang. He was awarded the trophy post-match, after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Wolves.

While all the attention should have been on him, it was in fact his daughter, who not only stole the show, but also stole the hearts of the Anfield faithful.

Makka Salah took to the pitch after the match was over, with a ball at her feet. She then proceeded to run towards the goal and score in an empty net, which was followed by applause from the fans, who were delighted at such a sight. She then repeated the entire process, scoring again at the Kop end.

How Alexis Sanchez is being trolled online

Many took this opportunity to mock the former Barcelona star and compared how the 6-year-old girl has managed to score more goals in a single appearance than Sanchez has managed this entire season.

With Solskjaer rumored to be promised a massive war chest for the coming transfer window, a massive overhaul can be expected of the United squad. And with Sanchez performing so poorly this season, he may well be on his way out of Manchester United.

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Messi masterclass, Van Dijk exposed, Salah missed an open goal, Liverpool battered and without an away goal

Lionel Messi and his brand of magic made it a night to remember when Liverpool travelled to the Camp Nou for the first leg of their semi-final tie.

The 31-year-old was the catalyst for yet another brilliant performance by Barcelona, netting twice in the second half to put his side firmly in control ahead of the away leg.

Jurgen Klopp made four changes to the side that won against Huddersfield on Sunday, with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Fabinho and James Milner coming in for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge.

The hosts made three changes, with Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi and Sergi Roberto coming in for Arthur, Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo.

It was a tight and entertaining first half, with both sides creating chances. Naby Keita picked up a knock to the groin in the 24th minute and had to be substituted for Jordan Henderson.

Opportunities flying at both end, Jordi Alba took control in the 26th minute, whipping a dangerous cross towards the path of an onrushing Suarez, who ran between two centre backs and flicked the ball over Alisson to score.

The Reds should have equalised in the 35th minute, as an advancing Mane failed to keep his effort below the crossbar.

Liverpool started the second half on the front foot, looking to establish their dominance and get back a goal. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen denied James Milner twice and another Mo Salah effort in between to keep Barcelona’s edge.

But it was not to be, as Barcelona doubled their lead in the 75th minute through Messi, who latched on to a deflected ball from Luis Suarez’s initial effort hitting the crossbar, slotting it in past Alisson.

Liverpool’s defence was looking vulnerable throughout the game particularly with Virgil van Dijk not being able to stamp his authority on the game.

Messi showed his game changing genius again in the 82nd minute, when he struck a sumptuous free-kick from 35 yards, against a hapless Alisson who was at full stretch, putting the game past Liverpool.

Salah missed a golden chance to equalize when he hit the post, with an open goal staring at the Egyptian forward.

With Van Dijk being criticized for not being his absolute best, especially during the first & the second goal and Salah missing to score the crucial away goal for Liverpool, the Reds were truly battered at Camp Nou and have a daunting task at home if they want to reach the final of the UEFA Champions League 2018/19 at Madrid on the 2nd of June.

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Mauricio Pelligrino names 2 Barcelona and 3 Liverpool players who can “kill the game in one action”

In a recent interview, current Leganes manager Mauricio Pellegrino spoke on the available threat that both these teams pose and stated 2 Barcelona players and 3 Liverpool players who he thinks can change the nature of the game with just a solitary move. These players are Messi and Suarez for Barcelona and Firmino, Salah and Mane for Liverpool.

If we look at that statement objectively, there is very little to argue about. Both Messi and Suarez have been the most consistent forwards in Barcelona’s front line, with both Dembele’s and Coutinho’s season riddled with either injuries, or some periods of inconsistencies.

When analyzing the players within their respective teams for the upcoming match, we can clearly see why Pellegrino feels that these players can turn the tide of the game.

Both Suarez and Messi have been in top form as of late, with Suarez pitching in with 24 goals and 12 assists in all competitions and Messi notching an incredible 46 goals and 22 assists in all competitions. Such form has helped Barcelona clinch their 26th La Liga title, and their 4th in 5 years. With the title being done and dusted, Barcelona will now shift their complete focus on the Champions league, in search for a possible treble.

Liverpool famous front 3, have also had incredible seasons. Both Salah and Mane landed their 21st and 20th goals for the Premier League season, in their 5-0 destruction over Huddersfield. The only negative from that match, from a Liverpool perspective, was the absence of their number 9 Roberto Firmino.

Having suffered a groin tear during training, he was forced to sit out of the Huddersfield match, with his place being taken by Daniel Sturridge. Although he may not be the most prolific forward, what makes him so crucial to Jurgen Klopp’s team is his work ethic, both on and off the ball, and his ability to drop deep and help build up play.

He now faces a race against time to recover from his injury, and try and be in contention for a place in Klopp’s starting eleven.

Irrespective of what happens, both Jurgen Klopp and Ernesto Valverde’s men are bound to give us what should be the juiciest tie in recent Champions League history.


Liverpool and Man City account for 17.9 percent of all the points won in the Premier League this season

For the Premier League, the 2000s saw the world get introduced to the notion of the Big Four concept. In that time, the world saw Arsenal become the Invincibles in 2004 and Chelsea haul a then-record by accumulating 95 points in 2005.

The 2010s however, brought us new change. With the emergence of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, the Big Four reshaped into the Big Six, as competition at the top found new challengers. In the nine years since, the league has seen City win in the final seconds of the final day at the expense of United in 2012, Leicester defying the odds in 2016 and City breaking Chelsea’s record of 95 points with a century of points in 2018.

Ever since City’s emergence, the noisy neighbors have taken the league by the scruff of the neck. Other clubs fear them and at the same time want to be them, both in position, pull and power.

But this season, hasn’t seen the blue side of Manchester fly away. The Reds of Liverpool – scoring for fun and housing the best defense in the league – have have menacingly followed them in every round and have proved themselves to be worthy contenders for the title.

The current PL season has seen Liverpool and Man City dominating throughout, accounting for 17.9 percent (something that hasn’t been achieved since the 1890s according to the New York Times) of the total points won, which is a remarkable statistic in its own.

Talking about the title race, City and Liverpool are a cut above the rest. This season particularly, City seem to have maintained, if not, improved their performances from last season, looking absolutely ruthless and flawless in style of play.

The two-club dominance can be seen throughout in attack, midfield and defense. Salah (21) and Mane (20) lead the way on goals scored, closely followed by Aguero (20). Robertson has 11 assists, which is third on the stats list, with Sane and Sterling locked on 10. Liverpool have 20 clean sheets with City on 19. All season, these two have gone toe-to-toe against each other in a bid to be crowned champions.

This season’s title race is set to go down to the wire, as both clubs constantly swap places at the top. City are currently leading by a point, with both clubs having two games left. They have entertained us all season with their unique styles of play, and are providing us with a grand-stand finish as the season closes.

The main takeaway from this season however, is the standards that these two clubs have set for others to follow.

City and Liverpool have maintained otherworldly standards and it looks like a daunting task for the rest of the chasing pack. Will there be any club to usurp these dominators, or will it be a repeat of this season in seasons hence?


Disagreement between Liverpool players caught on cam before Cardiff penalty

As an attacking player, there’s only one thought in your mind: to score goals. To score bag loads of goals and help your club win games. And since it’s a simple equation – goals win you games and eventually titles – it’s no surprise that attackers are on a goal-scoring frenzy; to be the best goalscorer there is.

More so in the Premier League, the battle to be the highest goalscorer in a season is one that swings in favor of multiple players; hailing from different clubs. And in seasons past, the race to win the Premier League Golden Boot has seen some marvelous finishes (both in the race and for the goals scored). Won the most number of times (4) by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, the latest holder of the award is Liverpool’s Mo Salah.

Mo Salah disappointed after Milner takes the ball away from him
Mo Salah disappointed after Milner takes the ball away from him

Salah had earned a reputation for being a pacey, deadly winger for Basel, Fiorentina and Roma. While his first stint in England with Chelsea didn’t impress, his second time round in the PL has been mesmerizing.

Signed by Liverpool in the summer of 2017, Salah took the league by storm, scoring 32 goals in his first season, whilst recording the highest ever tally in a single season by any previous player.

Although his second season isn’t as explosive as his first, Salah still is joint top-scorer along side City’s Aguero and Arsenal’s Aubameyang, with 19 goals.

So, when Liverpool won a penalty late on in their game against Cardiff, Salah had an opportunity to pull ahead of the pack. Having won the penalty, Salah was stepping forward to take it. Substitute James Milner then intervened, grabbing the ball from Salah, who looked away in disgust and disappointment on being denied his opportunity to grab his 20th in the league and seal the deal.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has made it public that while Milner is on the pitch, he would be Liverpool’s spot-kick taker. So there was nothing much Salah could do against Klopp’s instructions, as Milner pulled rank and thumped home the penalty; but the Egyptian’s disappointment was still palpable.

It was evident that even after the conversion, Salah was still pondering on what would’ve been his 20th of the league campaign. One can only imagine that Salah’s emotions at the time would’ve died down after the game, given that the Reds are top of the table.

With Liverpool having 3 rounds to play while City and Arsenal have 4, who will be this season’s PL Golden Boot winner?