It’s been a mixed bag this international break for Mohamed Salah. Egypt played Niger in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers this weekend, and Salah played an instrumental role in the Egyptian rout, scoring two goals and assisting two more. The game didn’t start well for the Liverpool forward, however, when Niger keeper, Kassaly Daouda, saved his penalty in the first few minutes.
Salah recovered quickly and assisted in Egypt’s first goal, but his penalty woes continued when Daouda saved a second penalty from the Egyptian star. Salah was able to score on the rebound, but it’s probably best if Milner continues to hold the title of Liverpool’s penalty taker for now. Salah also assisted with Egypt’s fourth goal and scored a second of his own in the final few minutes of the game. Egypt will next face Swaziland on October 10 as qualifications for the Africa Cup of Nations continue.
Elsewhere in 6-0 victories, Xherdan Shaqiri’s Switzerland beat Iceland in the UEFA Nations League. Shaqiri had an impressive performance and netted an exquisite free kick in the second half of the game. He played the full 90 minutes and was involved in three of Switzerland’s other five goals.
We’ll hopefully be seeing more of the Swiss international when Liverpool returns to regular season action on the 15th against Tottenham.