A slew of Liverpool players will be taking part in the World Cup and one player that everyone had on their minds was Mohamed Salah and his chance of doing something special with Egypt.
The first game of the tournament was against Uruguay and former Liverpool man Luis Suarez. Unfortunately for the Pharaohs, they lost the game to a late Jose Gimenez goal but not bringing Salah on at all was irking, to say the least.
Think about it. Why would you keep your best player on the bench if you did not want to bring him on at all?
Egypt weren’t bad against a superior side but the game lacked quality, something that Salah would have easily provided. After all, the Liverpool man had the season of his life and could have done more had it not been for Sergio Ramos.
Granted, there were fears that the attacker had not recovered from his shoulder injury but if that was the case, why was he named in the side at all?
It really makes little to no sense to add a player to the 18-man matchday squad without any chance of him making an impact on the game.
Would it not have been better to keep him out of the side and prepare him better for the next game? Of course, you could keep Salah in the side for emotional and psychological support but keeping him in the 18-man squad just did not make an iota of sense.
This isn’t the first time or the last time we will see this. Similar situations have taken place with the likes of Emre Can or Adam Lallana being put into the side without them getting a run-out or getting a couple of minutes to play. And it isn’t just Jurgen Klopp who would do this, as almost every top manager uses the matchday squad, more often than not, will include players that may not get to play.
Liverpool fans would have been upset with the fact that they could not see Salah against Suarez even for a couple of minutes.
However, Egypt were playing a long game as their real opponents in the race for the second place would be Russia and Saudi Arabia. The hosts were truly impressive against the Arabs but Egypt did seem to provide more fight to Uruguay.
Big relief still for the Reds
With Salah not playing, it will come as great news for us as he did not have to go against the likes of Gimenez or Diego Godin, a couple of players that don’t necessarily play clean.
It is one game less that we have to worry about and hope that our star player comes back fit for a real go at the Premier League title and more.
Of course, should Egypt make it out of the group, they could face Spain and that in itself will be a major story as we could see Salah v Ramos part II. However, their defeat against Russia tonight paints a worrisome picture.
Nevertheless, if Egypt progress by luck and face Spain in the next round, let’s hope to see a better outcome for us and not Salah fighting to get Ramos booked. The best outcome for us would be to see Salah win this clash and come back in great form, for what could be a truly special season at Anfield.
Liverpool star fails to hide frustration despite celebrating PSG winner
Mohamed Salah didn’t score in Liverpool’s thrilling 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain. Instead, he almost cost us the game.
The former Roma attacker gave the ball away as PSG scored their equalizer in the 83rd minute. However, Roberto Firmino saved us with an incredible goal in stoppage time.
A video surfaced of Salah throwing a bottle after Firmino’s goal. Although the Egyptian celebrated the winner, he was seen flinging a bottle away.
Don’t listen to all the shit about Salah not celebrating Bobby’s goal. Look at him throwing his arms in the air.
Still not himself though is he? What do you think is wrong with him and his performances? pic.twitter.com/ms5pocZLBz
— TheKopTimes (@TheKopTimes8) September 19, 2018
“I think Salah’s celebrating in his own way. His hands were up at the beginning of that. The first picture [shows] his hands were up [celebrating].”
Salah hasn’t been at his best since the start of the season and only has a couple of goals to his name. Sadio Mane has taken up the scoring mantle in his place and has five goals to his name while Firmino now has three.
The Egyptian might have felt relieved at the winner. However, the 25-year-old was responsible for Kylian Mbappe’s goal and his muted celebration could be ominous for the opposition in the coming weeks.
Salah has been taking shots and finding the open spaces but things aren’t going well for him. There is no doubt that once he starts scoring regularly, there will be no stopping him. All he needs is a bit of luck this season.
“Who did the Pirate better?” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after Klopp copies celebration post PSG win
Roberto Firmino scored the winning goal in an enthralling encounter against Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool led 2-0 but were pegged back to 2-2 in the 83rd minute.
The Brazilian didn’t start the game but produced the telling moment in the 91st minute. Anfield went wild after the game and Firmino had another brilliant celebration in the spur of the moment.
The attacker covered his left eye after beating the PSG keeper. This could have been in reference to the eye injury he picked up against Tottenham last weekend.
Jan Vertonghen poked the Brazilian but it didn’t matter as we beat Tottenham and did the same to PSG too.
Firmino has had a number of celebrations in recent years such as “shooting the gun”, “kung-fu kicks” and taking his shirt off and getting yellow carded.
Jurgen Klopp also got into the act as he copied Firmino’s latest celebration during the post-match interviews and a number of fans reacted to the boss doing this bit.
Even Jurgen Klopp is copying Firmino’s celebration. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/QumDevIDpz
— Samue (@VintageSalah) September 18, 2018
Firmino Challenge… one everyone can do lol
— Little Miss Aden (@KadraAden) September 18, 2018
— Callum Wright (@CallumWright__) September 18, 2018
— Gob 🐲 (@Des_n_Troy) September 19, 2018
The Roberto Firmino challenge by Klopp 😀 pic.twitter.com/ptgcK7KqUo
— Pastor G M Mhlanga (@geraldpatience) September 19, 2018
— Samuel #WeAreLiverpool (@samsgyan) September 19, 2018
Who did the Pirate better?
— Bright Amponsah (@timbergh7) September 19, 2018
— Im Sardar (@_FILMBuFF_) September 18, 2018
(Video) Watch Sadio Mane completely destroy Neymar with filthy skill during Champions League clash
Liverpool’s match against Paris Saint-Germain was the pick of the clashes from the first round of Champions League fixtures and what a tie it was.
The Reds raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner. PSG weren’t giving up without a fight as Thomas Meunier pulled one back before half-time.
Kylian Mbappe scored in the 83rd minute but Roberto Firmino had the last laugh with the winner in the 91st minute.
The clash featured some of the best players in the world but there was one moment of brilliance from Sadio Mane.
The Senegal international couldn’t score in the game but he did destroy Neymar on the pitch. The incident happened in the first-half as Mane was attacking down the right and the Brazilian was trying to defend.
A move here, a drop of the shoulder there and poof, the Liverpool man burst into the box. Neymar was taken to the cleaners and it set the tone for the Brazilian to barely figure in the game.
Mane sent Neymar for chips 🍟 pic.twitter.com/Ro4fzr3Pt0
— nay (@nayoneofficial) September 18, 2018
Mane was excellent in the first half as we harried and bullied PSG into submission. The Senegal man didn’t score a goal but he surely made life tough for the French side.
We have started our Champions League campaign in excellent fashion and our next European tie is against Napoli in Italy.
Should Mane and the rest of the team go in with the same sort of mentality, a win against Napoli is a given. For now, we should plan for all three points against Southampton on Saturday.
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