Mohamed Salah received praise from Liverpool skipper Henderson for helping the Reds secure a point against Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday, but the Egyptian’s indifference after throwing fans into a frenzied celebration was in honor of all Sinai attack victims.
The 25-year-old avoided celebrations in an apparent act of reverence and solidarity for the affected persons in Friday’s mosque attack which killed over 300 people in Egypt’s North Sinai.
Media reports confirm a total of 128 people suffered various degree of injuries from the deadliest attack in Egypt’s modern history.
Image: Mohamed Salah
“My sincere condolences to the Egyptian people and all the families of the martyrs of El Arish mosque,” Salah said through his Twitter account on Friday.
1️⃣5️⃣ goals for the Reds… ⚽ pic.twitter.com/M2fk5Hgh9B
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 25, 2017
Salah put up a wonderful and decisive performance which could have earned Liverpool the maximum three points until Brazilian Chelsea player Willian scored an equalizer in the 85th minute.
The Egypt international footballer topped EPL scoring charts with 10 goals in just 13 games, and teammate Joe Gomez expressed joy for Salah’s presence in the team.
Captain Henderson said in an interview with BT Sport, ‘Salah is evolving and it’s very good for the team. He deserved that Man of the Match award…his finishing was superb and I thought he got another one later on.’
The England international footballer added, ‘…I wish we had held on to that first goal…We should have been greedy not to share the spoils with Chelsea. I was disappointed just like every other member of the team because we were close to being very, very happy with the scoreline.’
Liverpool coach Antonio Conte said in a pre-match interview, ‘Salah is a good player and is very dangerous…He’s a technical player, but at the same time is very fast, very strong, very good in one on one attacks. Also he’s very good at finishing. We must pay great attention.’
Salah, a former Roma player moved to Anfield last summer on a £36 million deal and the former Basel player has scored a total of 15 goals in 20 games across all competitions this season.
Gomez, who also hailed Salah’s goal-scoring abilities told the club website, ‘This is ridiculous. He just moved over to the club and has proved himself a massive addition to us. I can’t believe this…His goals, style of play and overall performance are amazing.’
Salah is a member of Egypt’s national team. He was selected in November by the Confederation of African Football as one of the “Best 11 players” set to be part of the World Football Team in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
The heavily bearded winger-forward is in the shortlist of four footballers contesting for the BBC African Footballer of the Year award. He was nominated based on his awesome contributions to Egypt national team’s campaign during their World Cup qualifiers.
In 2013, Salah was awarded the SAFP Golden Player award for being the best player in the Swiss Super League. He also had stints with Chelsea and Fiorentina.