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Egyptian king or dwarf? Salah statue mocked online

CAIRO: A statue of Liverpool footballer Mohamed Salah has been met with derision online since going on display in his native Egypt, with many comparing it to an infamous bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo. The statue was unveiled with pomp and ceremony at the World Youth Forum in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the presence of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. With large ears poking out from under a huge Afro hairstyle, Salah is captured in the pose of his now iconic goal celebration. A broad smile is etched…

Salah signs new long-term Liverpool deal

Mohamed Salah has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, the Premier League club have confirmed. According to multiple reports, the deal runs until 2023 and contains no release clause. Despite only joining from Roma just over a year ago, Liverpool has rewarded Salah following a sensational debut season on Merseyside that saw him finish with 44 goals in 52 appearances. The Egypt international secured the Premier League Golden Boot, finding the net 32 times to finish ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane with a new…

Egypt take on Russia in must-win game today

MOSCOW: Egypt are counting on the return of Mohamed Salah on Tuesday as they try to salvage their World Cup against a Russian side who know a win could seal a place in the last 16. Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained during last month's Champions League Final. Salah's shoulder has continued to cause him problems in Russia, and at the weekend he needed the help of three team-mates to put a shirt on during a training…

Salah declared fit for Egypt’s match against Russia

SAINT PETERSBURG: Mohamed Salah has been declared fit ahead of Egypt's crunch game against Russia on Tuesday and coach Hector Cuper is optimistic his star striker will play. But Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov believes the World Cup hosts have figured out a way to rein Salah in when the two sides meet in Saint Petersburg. Salah has scored 44 goals in a sensational first season for Liverpool and is keen to make his debut after missing the Pharaohs' 1-0 opening game loss to Uruguay with a shoulder injury. "Salah is…

Football world cup to kickoff as Neymar, Brazil arrive in Russia

SOCHI: Neymar and his Brazil teammates landed on Russian soil in the early hours of Monday morning, fresh from beating Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up outing ahead of the World Cup. As the clock ticks down to Thursday’s tournament opener in Moscow between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, the five-time World Cup winners arrived in Sochi, the Black Sea resort city where they will be based, just before 3 am local time (0000 GMT). The Brazilians made the journey with their confidence boosted after Neymar marked his first…

Salah promises Liverpool fans: this is ‘just the start’

LONDON: Mohamed Salah has reassured Liverpool fans his stunning first season is "just the beginning" of his time at the club despite speculation over interest from Real Madrid. The Egyptian collected awards in Liverpool on Thursday after being voted player of the season by both the club's fans and his teammates before boarding a flight to collect the Football Writers' Association's award in London. The 25-year-old has scored 43 goals in all competitions since arriving from Roma last summer, a return that has seen him…

Salah wins ‘footballer of the year’ award

LONDON: Mohamed Salah was Tuesday named as the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year for 2017/18 after scoring 43 goals so far in an incredible debut season for Liverpool. The Egypt international narrowly topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership ahead of Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, the margin understood to be less than 20 votes. Tottenham striker Harry Kane was third. Between them, Salah, signed by the Reds from Roma last summer, and De Bruyne, who helped City claim the Premier…

Mohamed Salah aims to shoot down Roma in Champions League semi

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool are banking on Mohamed Salah and the passion of the Anfield crowd to propel them towards the Champions League final on Tuesday but Roma stand in their way in a mouthwatering repeat of the 1984 title decider. Spearheaded by Salah and inspired from the touchline by exuberant manager Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool will look to repeat the blitzkrieg attack that blew Premier League champions Manchester City away in the previous round. But the five-times champions will be wary of the team that staged a…