- Mohamed Salah named Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as his teammates in a five-a-side team
- The forward snubbed Sadio Mane, further escalating reports that the two do not see eye to eye due to their different nationalities and ego
- The two, faced each other twice in international matches with Mane having the last laugh as his Senegal side beat Egypt to win the AFCON and book a spot in Qatar
Mohamed Salah has made some surprise picks in his five-a-side team. The Liverpool star was asked to pick his teammates by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand.
Salah surprisingly opted for Robert Firmino over Sadio Mane in his team that was laden with attackers. There have always been unconfirmed reports about a cold war between Salah and Mane.
Liverpool’s head coach Jurgen Klopp has in the past denied rumours of such a rift as the two have continued to produce impressive numbers for Liverpool upfront. Mane has however expressed his desire to quit Anfield this summer with Bayern Munich leading the race to sign him.
Metro UK reports that Salah picked Trent Alexander-Arnold in his defence and apologized to Virgil Van Dijk
I go for Trent. I love Trent. Sorry, Virgil. I don’t defend!
The Egyptian star then picked Robert Firmino and himself as the other players from Liverpool. He then went for arguably the best players the world has ever seen in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 30-year-old was also non-committal on who his best player in the world was. He chose himself, Firmino and Ballon d’Or leading contender Karim Benzema.
Salah and Liverpool had a mixed season
Salah is off from another fine season after winning both the Golden Boot and the Playmaker award after scoring 23 goals and providing 13 assists respectively. He was also instrumental in Liverpool’s successes in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.
The Red however suffered immense heartbreak after Manchester City pipped them to the Premier League title by a single point before Real Madrid beat them in the Champions League final to dash their hopes of winning the historic quadruple.
Salah shocked by Ballon d'Or position last Season, wants to join George Weah as African winners of the award
Salah, like Mane, is entering the final year of his contract and reports have it that talks have stalled.
Mohamed Salah explains how his home looks like a hospital
Sports Brief had earlier reported that Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has lifted the lid on how his drive to be the best has left his home looking like a hospital.
The 29-year-old attacker won a raft of personal accolades and played a pivotal in Liverpool's double-winning side in the just-concluded season.
Salah played a whopping 51 games in the 2021-22 campaign, 35 games in the Premier League, 13 in the Champions League, two in the FA Cup and one in the Carabao Cup to underline his high level of fitness.