Mohamed Salah: A week in the life of Liverpool star

By Mirror: Saturday, September 22nd 2018 at 13:11 GMT +3 | Premier League
Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah [Courtesy]

Mohamed Salah has had a very busy week since Liverpool's win over Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Egyptian forward has been in training, reflecting on his love for Liverpool, talking about his friendships with his Reds team-mates, and even representing the Anfield club in Europe.

For a bit of fun, we've decided to look back over the past week that was for last season's Golden Boot winner, ahead of Liverpool's clash against Southampton in the Premier League this Saturday.

Here's what it's like being one of the best footballers in the world - and all the fun, stress, elation and speculation that's involved.

Saturday

Liverpool's first major test of the campaign came when they travelled to Wembley Stadium to take on the team that finished a place above them last season: Tottenham.

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Salah in action against Tottenham [Courtesy]

Salah was unable to get on the scoresheet but played his part in the 2-1 win to make it five wins from five.

There was a suggestion that Sadio Mane and Salah both attempting to hit personal goalscoring targets was working to Liverpool's detriment after the game, as the duo appeared to be passing up opportunities to play the other in.

But Jurgen Klopp played down this notion in his post-match press conference, saying: "It's not greedy. It's normal. I want them to score and encourage them to do so, but there are moments when they have to pass.

"Maybe one situation I would say a pass would have been better, all the others were OK. The boys are used to the situation when they score from these positions. These boys are such a threat to each team.

"These runs they do gives us the space to get in between. That is how we scored the second goal. So if they don't score one day, I have no problem with that."

Sunday

The suggested issue between Mane and Salah hadn't disappeared by the time the Egyptian woke up on Sunday to find Georginio Wijnaldum in the midst of a social media storm.

The Dutchman was forced to calm Liverpool fans' fears that he agreed with an Instagram post criticising the duo for being greedy and not passing to one another against Spurs.

The comment 'liked' by Wijnaldum, read: "What characterised Liverpool's attack last season was the teamwork and understanding between Salah, Firmino and Mane.

"It didn't matter who scores, but who is in the best situation to assist him (another player) a goal, but what happens this season is only single play.

"Especially from Mane, who showed up today in the Tottenham match not passing to Salah in more than one chance. I do not really know why!

"Is it an ego?! I think Klopp should fix the situation quickly before it costs him important matches and maybe championships."

Wijnaldum later took to social media himself to clear up any panic, writing: "I think I accidentally liked this comment while I was scrolling through the comments.

"So don't worry, there's no ego trip. We're a team and we know that."

Monday

Seen as every man and his dog had given their opinion on Salah's relationship with Mane, the Liverpool striker decided to have his say on the issue on Monday.

Discussing his relationship with Mane and Roberto Firmino, Salah told France Football magazine: "We are friends, we speak a lot.

"Generally, all three of us sit in the dressing room together, right after matches. There is a real solidarity between us, as we do not care who scores the most or first."

On his relationship with Klopp, he added: "From my first day with the Reds, he has treated me like a friend.

"We talked together and there was something very strong between us right away. That has continued from the beginning."

Tuesday

As well as speaking out on his current team-mates, Salah was in a bit of a reflective mood in the week ahead of Liverpool's first Champions League test.

He revealed to France Football that when he used to play video game FIFA 2005 some 13 years ago he'd always pick Liverpool and that he enjoyed watching them win the Champions League under Rafa Benitez that season.

"It was special to me even though I was very young. When I played FIFA, I always chose Liverpool in 2005," said Salah.

"I always used to put Steven Gerrard up front because he had a massive shot.

"Then I had Jerzy Dudek in goal and of course Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia in defence. But I also played with Liverpool before 2005 on my console."

Wednesday

Salah was back on the pitch on Wednesday as Anfield played host to Ligue 1 giants and big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.

Salah in action against Paris St Germain [Courtesy]

But the French club were sent home with their tails between their legs in what was a thrilling contest between the European heavyweights.

Salah again failed to get on the scoresheet and was hooked before the end.

Firmino bagged a winner in the dying embers of the match to get the Reds off to a winning start in their group, and Salah's reaction on the bench was caught on camera.

The Egyptian appeared to throw his water bottle to the ground after the Brazilian hit the back of the net.

He did have his hands in the air in celebration moments earlier, however, playing down the notion he was in some way frustrated at the final whistle.

Thursday

The Reds were back in training the day after their Champions League heroics, with Salah still very much in the news.

Firmino took centre-stage in the session at Melwood, after the Brazilian was snapped wearing some rather fetching protective goggles.

On the same day, Mirror Football revealed why Salah hadn't been involved in Liverpool's Champions League celebrations the moment the final whistle had been sounded at Anfield.

The forward was selected for drugs testing, meaning he had to head off to a spare room to complete a test before he was then able to meet up with his team-mates.

The revelation once against put to bed any suggestion that Salah was unhappy or non-compliant in the club's elation.

Friday

Klopp faced the press on Friday ahead of Liverpool's clash with Southampton and was asked questions about his misfiring forward.

Laughing off suggestions the Egyptian is suffering a "crisis", Klopp told the media: "On the defensive side, the last two games were outstanding.

"That says everything about him. It's a completely normal situation for an offensive player that there are times when he doesn't score.

"Finishing is not something you can ever take for granted. Mo is in good shape."

He added: "Of course everybody expects [the same as last year]. We don't. What did he get [in first six] last season? Three. And two in six this season? Wow, that's a crisis!

"He needed time last year like we all needed time. And he will take time this season as well."

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