Liverpool front line compared to 'raptors' by assistant
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah showed just why he’s at the top of the game courtesy of a secret message to Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster earlier this month. Salah had just scored a sensational solo goal and put in a man-of-the-match performance in a 5-0 Premier League victory at Vicarage Road.
After the game, Salah approached the former England goalkeeper and spoke to him with his hand in front of his mouth to ensure the cameras didn’t pick up the conversation.
And Foster has now revealed that the Egypt international showed his hunger to succeed by asking for penalty advice.
“What I want to talk about in particular is the bit about Mo Salah, about what he said to me at full-time that made me think, ‘you are so professional, so driven – you want to be the best you can possibly be,’” Foster told his Cycling UK YouTube channel.
“So they’ve just won the game 5-0. Mo Salah – I think he scored one goal in the game.
“He came up to me at full-time and he’s got his hand over his mouth a little bit because he didn’t want the cameras really to catch it so much.
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“But he’s come up and he’s gone: ‘Ben, Ben.’ I’ve gone: ‘Okay, yeah – you alright?’
“He’s gone: ‘If I had got a penalty, which way would you have dived?’
“Now as soon as he’s said that I’ve thought, ‘you clever, clever boy.’
“Because we do our research. All the goalkeepers out there do their research on strikers and we’ll try and find out where their last four or five or 10 penalties might have gone.
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“And Mo Salah’s last five penalties, he put to the goalkeeper’s right.
“So I’ve looked at him and I’ve gone: ‘I’d have gone to my right – I’d have dived to my right because you put your last five penalties to the right.’
“And a big smile came up on his face, a big grin, and he went: ‘Yeah, thank you. I need to know, I need to know.’
“So not content with just winning the game 5-0 and scoring a goal and being man-of-the-match, he has to know the tiny little details about in the next game if he gets that penalty, which way he should put it.
“That’s why Mo Salah, he’s at the top guys. He is the top.”
Salah backed up his performance against Watford by scoring a brace against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last week.
And he continued his rich vein of form on Sunday as he scored his first hat-trick of the season as the Reds humiliated Manchester United by thumping them 5-0 at Old Trafford.
Salah has now scored an incredible 15 goals in 12 games this season.
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