Liverpool’s man of the moment scored twice in his side’s 7-0 hammering of Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday, taking his tally to eight goals in 13 games since he joined the Reds from Roma in the summer.
And in recognition of the brace, Salah has been named as the Champions League’s player of the week by UEFA for the second time this season, pipping the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Marcus Rashford to the award.
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Salah received 51 per cent of the vote, and the award follows on from the Egyptian picking up the accolade in Matchday 1 as well as winning Liverpool’s official Goal and Player of the Month gongs for August and September.
But as reported by the Liverpool Echo. it seems Salah’s chances of winning the awards were a little stacked in his favour, and, Liverpool fans will have to get used to seeing the Egyptian’s name on these trophies more often
Initially, Eyebrows were raised somewhat when Salah’s breakaway goal against Arsenal won the Reds’ Goal of the Month for August.
Trent Alexander-Arnold had grabbed his first Liverpool goal with a stunning free-kick away at Hoffenheim and Emre Can’s second goal in the return leg was so good, it had an animated Jurgen Klopp bellowing “this is football!” in the Anfield dugout.
Both were overlooked however as 52 per cent of the 32,325 votes went Salah’s way
The jet-heeled Salah robbed Hector Bellerin of possession in the Reds’ half before racing unopposed the entire length of the Arsenal end of the pitch and calmly slotting past Petr Cech.
And while the goal was an eye-catching counter-attacking feat, it was essentially a one-on-one that the Egyptian speedster had to negotiate with a free run from the half-way line.
But such dominance is expected due to Salah’s fanatical following back in his homeland, where the population is around roughly 95 million.
“This is a country that is obsessed with football,” Egyptian football fan Omar Ashraf told the Echo.
“It’s intrinsically linked to politics, culture, and feuds between different cities. Mohamed Salah is quite literally the most unifying Egyptian person in years.