Photo via www.joe.co.uk
The World Cup ended, giving all football fans around the globe post-World-Cup depression. However, the next season is just around the corner, and football clubs are now at the peak of their pre-season preparations. One club in particular, Liverpool F.C., is getting all the attention from Egyptian football fans, and of course we all know why. It’s Mo Salah again!
Last season Mo Salah made his breakthrough at Liverpool, scoring a host of amazing goals. With 32 league goals under his belt, he earned two titles: the Premier League Player of the Season and the Premier League Top Scorer.
But unfortunately, Mo Salah’s season ended in frustration, as he suffered an injury in the UEFA Champions League final, thanks to a harsh “tackle” from Sergio Ramos. The injury followed Salah to the World Cup, as Egypt had a disappointing three-game run where our national team managed zero points and only two goals, both courtesy of Mo.
A few days ago, FIFA announced the shortlist of men’s Player of the Year, and Salah made it to the list, alongside football legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The list that was dominated by Real Madrid and France also included the up and coming Mbappe and defender Varane, while world class stars, such as Neymar and Pogba went missing. This is a huge honour for Mohamed Salah as he’s the first Egyptian (and first Arab) to be on the list, and only the third African player to be featured.
Now injury free, Salah returned to play his first friendly game against Manchester City, scoring a goal seconds after being subbed in. His performance turned the game around for Liverpool, as he upped their attacking play to turn the game around from losing 1-0 into a 1-2 win.
But the real cherry on top was when Daniel Craig visited the Liverpool camp in the United States to have a chat with the players and take a few pictures. It was amazing to see Craig turn into a normal football fan, having a laugh with Mo, and even taking a picture with him, as well as the whole team. Take a look:
Video Courtesy of Liverpool Facebook Page
We know it’s still a long way to go for next season, but we’ll take those little wins whenever we get them. Here’s to our Egyptian players making us proud next season, and to Egyptian football rising to its deserved levels once more.