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He could’ve scored six: Salah shines for Egypt

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Mohamed Salah had a night.

Returning to Egypt for the first time since the World Cup, Salah scored twice and added two assists in a 6-0 win over Niger in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. He also missed two penalties, converted the rebound of one.

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The video doesn’t lie: The Egyptian superstar probably could’ve scored as many as six goals (and Niger’s defense was terrible). That estimate may even be conservative.

It started with Salah missing a first minute penalty, but this video shows just how dominant of a performance was put forth by the Liverpool star. Regardless of opponent, it should be eye-opening for those who think his incredible season with the Reds was simply a product of Jurgen Klopp‘s system.

Salah’s dispute with Egyptian FA not over

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CAIRO (AP) Mohamed Salah has revived a months-long dispute with soccer authorities in his native Egypt, accusing them of ignoring his complaints about their unauthorized use of his image.

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The dispute over image rights and lingering tensions over his treatment during the World Cup have cast doubt on whether Salah, the top scorer in England’s Premier League last season, will continue playing on the national team.

“It’s normal that a football federation seeks to solve the problems of its players so they can feel comfortable. But in fact, what I see is exactly the opposite,” the Liverpool winger tweeted Sunday.

“It is not normal that my messages and my lawyer’s messages are ignored. I do not know why all this (is happening)? Do you not have time to respond to us?!” he added.

Egypt’s football association said in a statement it would discuss Salah’s demands Monday.

Ramy Abbas, Salah’s agent, said he and his client have asked for guarantees regarding the 26-year-old’s “well-being” while on the national team and assurances that his image rights won’t be violated again. “Enough is enough,” Abbas tweeted.

Salah’s tweet was widely shared in Egypt, where he is seen as a national hero.

Egyptian business tycoon Naguib Sawiris called for the resignation of the football association’s board members.

“Treating an Egyptian figure like Mohamed Salah who raised his country’s name in an unprecedented way should not have been like that… Resign and relieve us after the abject failure,” Sawiris tweeted Monday.

The dispute first surfaced in April when the Egyptian national team prominently featured Salah’s image on its plane, which was provided by official team sponsor WE. Salah has a sponsorship deal with a rival telecommunications firm, Vodafone.

At the time, Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz announced that all of Salah’s demands would be met following an emergency meeting of the football association’s board. Farag Amer, head of parliament’s Youth and Sports committee, said President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi had ordered that the dispute be quickly resolved.

Salah is due to be back in international action under new coach Javier Aguirre in September, with Egypt facing Niger in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

But his participation could be in doubt.

Salah’s relationship with the association has been strained since he was apparently used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya. In June, two people close to Salah told The Associated Press that the player has been considering retiring from international play.

Salah was said to have been particularly annoyed by a dinner banquet hosted by Ramzan Kadyrov, the ruler of the Russian region of Chechnya, in which he granted the Egyptian “honorary citizenship.”

Salah was criticized in British media after posing for photos with Kadyrov, who has repeatedly been accused of human rights abuses, including torture and the killing of political opponents. Kadyrov denies the allegations.

Mohamed Salah signs new long-term contract

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The main man is sticking around at Anfield.

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Mohamed Salah, 26, has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool which is believed to be a five-year deal and run until the summer of 2023.

The Egyptian winger had an incredible first season at Liverpool in 2017/18 after arriving from AS Roma for $45 million, scoring 44 goals in 52 games in all competitions and 32 in 38 Premier League games to set a new record goal tally for a 38-game season and win the Golden Boot.

He was also named as the Premier League Player of the Year, the PFA Players’ Players of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had the following to say about Salah’s new contract.

“It demonstrates two things very clearly also – his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him,” Klopp said. “We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield where they can fulfil all their professional dreams and ambitions – we are working hard together to achieve this.

“When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think. Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment.”

With speculation linking Salah to Real Madrid after his stunning debut season at Liverpool, this is great news for Klopp and his ongoing project at Anfield.

Salah will no doubt be hard-pressed to replicate his incredible campaign of calm finishing, stunning curling goals from distance and ripping PL defenses apart with his mesmeric dribbling, but he will be around at Liverpool for the foreseeable future to try and win them some silverware.

Reaching the UEFA Champions League final and finishing in the top four in 2017/18 was a successful season for the Reds but Salah, and Klopp, will be hoping to seriously challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title in the upcoming campaign.

The Egyptian star will have plenty of time off over the summer after being injured in their 3-1 UCL final defeat to Real Madrid, then rushing back to be fit enough to play in Egypt’s final two World Cup group stage games, scoring both of their goals in defeats to Russia and Saudi Arabia.

With his future now sorted, Salah can focus on leading Liverpool towards glory once again.

Egypt’s Salah greets fans who turned up at his doorstep

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CAIRO (AP) Mohamed Salah, Egypt’s beloved striker, greeted an adoring crowd who turned up at his doorstep after his Cairo address was leaked on Facebook.

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According to media reports, the Muslim world’s most popular soccer player showed no sign of anger as he received fans Thursday night, posing for photos and signing autographs. Dozens of fans showed up shortly after his arrival with Egypt’s national team following a disappointing World Cup showing.

Egypt lost all three of its matches in the World Cup against Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Salah missed the opening match with Uruguay because of a shoulder injury. He scored two goals in the matches against Russia and Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, fans gathered again at the Cairo airport to greet the 26-year-old Salah before he set off for Lebanon with his wife.

Video: Salah lob has Egypt off and running in first half

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Egypt’s run at the World Cup didn’t go according to plan, but the Pharaohs are looking in control on Monday.

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Mohamed Salah‘s second goal of the tournament has given the Egyptians a 1-0 lead over Saudi Arabia in their Group A finale.

After a Saudi giveaway in the attacking half of the field, Salah latched onto a beautiful long ball from Abdallah Said, before lofting a shot over goalkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem.