What Mohamed Salah is really like behind scenes revealed by Klopp | Football | Sport
This week Salah was voted as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
The Egyptian is in the company of the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Nelson Mandela, George Clooney and Bill Gates.
It comes just over a week after Salah was subjected to sickening chants from Chelsea bombers, who sung about the Muslim being a “bomber.”
And just like Time his manager Jurgen Klopp has noticed just how much of an icon his star is not only on the field but off it.
In a world where hatred is rife, the German boss believes Salah is leading the way in the battle against Islamaphobia.
“He’s a role model in so many different things,” said Klopp.
“It’s really, really nice to have him, and Sadio Mane as well.
“Both are Muslims and live that, in a world where these things are very often discussed in a dangerous manner, where people think, ‘They are all like this’ or ‘They are all like that’.
“We know that’s not true, but it is nice to have somebody around full of joy, full of love and to do what he is doing around his religion.”
As well as winning the PFA Player of the Year award last season, Salah also scored the goal that sent his country to the World Cup.
That saw him receive a staggering one million votes in a presidential election, which he wasn’t even part of.
After a barren spell in front of goal, the 26-year-old has now found some form just at the right time for Liverpool.
His calm finish in the midweek triumph at Porto was his third goal in four matches as the season reaches its business end.
Salah has 19 Premier League goals this season and is level with Sergio Aguero at the top of the goalscoring charts.
Klopp also believes Salah is one of the big characters in his side who will no doubt prove important for the final stretch towards ending 29 years without a league title.
“He’s in the middle of the dressing room, he’s sensationally good with all the boys and he is very influential for us,” added Klopp.
“And if somebody thinks he is influential for the rest of the world as well then good, show it.
“I don’t know exactly when the meeting [awards] will be, next week or so. He will go there, because it’s an important statement for the world.”