The plaudits have been coming in for Liverpool FC’s Mohamed Salah, and deservedly so. The latest is a recent foe, Watford’s goalkeeper Ben Foster. The Watford goalkeeper is known for his YouTube vlogs, and in his latest video, he dropped a tasty nugget about Mo and a post-game conversation.
The full quote:
“They’d just won the game 5-0, I think Salah scored one goal in the game. But he came up to me at full-time and had his hand over his mouth a bit - because he didn’t want the cameras so much to catch it.
He’s come up and he’s gone ‘Ben, Ben! If I’d have gotten a penalty, which way would you have dived?’ Now, as soon as he said that, I thought, ‘oh, you clever, clever boy.’
We do our research - all the goalkeepers out there do their research on strikers and will try and find out where their last four or five or ten penalties might have gone, for example.
Mo Salah’s last five penalties, he’d gone to the keeper’s right. So I’ve looked at him and I’ve gone, “Ah, okay - I’d have gone to my right because you put the last five penalties to the right.” And a big smile came on his face, a big grin, and he went, ‘yeah, yeah, thank you - I need to know.’
So, not content with just winning the game 5-0 and scoring a goal and being man-of-the-match and scoring an unbelievable goal, he has to know the tiny little - in his next game, if he gets a penalty, which way would he put it?
That’s why, for me, Mo Salah is at the top.”
Clever is right. It’s also a really cool glimpse into the relentless drive of Mo to improve. Funnily enough, Salah did take a penalty in his very next game against Atletico Madrid. He went it past Jan Oblak’s right.