Classy message behind Mo Salah’s hat-trick celebration vs Leeds revealed

An explanation for Mohamed Salah’s unusual celebration, on the back of the Egyptian’s 3rd strike versus Leeds yesterday evening, has been forthcoming online.

Salah decides it

Jurgen Klopp’s men got the defence of their Premier League title underway a little over 24 hours ago.

The Reds welcomed top-flight newcomers Leeds United to Anfield, as part of the day’s opening round of fixtures.

And, though there are of course a full 9 months+ of action still to come, it is hard to envision too many more entertaining fixtures being played out than that which took place on Merseyside on Saturday.

A stunning game of football, which saw Leeds, for the most part, hold their own against the Premier League’s finest, eventually resulted in Liverpool emerging with a 4-3 victory.

Mohamed Salah opened the evening’s scoring from the penalty spot inside 5 minutes, before Jack Harrison levelled things up with 12 minutes gone.

An incredible 3-goal flurry within the space of a quarter of an hour then saw all of Virgil van Dijk, Patrick Bamford and Salah on target, sending the hosts into the break with a slim advantage.

Leeds, though, refused to lie down, levelling things up once more 25 minutes from time, courtesy of Mateusz Klich.

But, just when it looked as though Marcelo Bielsa’s men were set to secure a share of the spoils, a moment of madness on the part of debutant Rodrigo handed Liverpool the chance to retake the lead from the spot.

And Man of the Match Salah made no mistake with his ensuing spot-kick, slotting home with confidence to get the champions’ title defence off to a positive, albeit less than convincing start.

Highlights: Liverpool 4-3 Leeds

Zakaria tribute

As outlined above, evidently, based on his goalscoring exploits at Anfield on Saturday, Mo Salah proved the star of the show for Liverpool versus Leeds.

The Egyptian looked the best player on the pitch for lengthy stretches, with his touch, link-up play and finished product all of the highest standard.

Whilst Salah’s display was of course widely hailed, though, one aspect of the attacker’s hat-trick which perhaps went somewhat under the radar was the celebration which followed his 3rd strike.

After tucking away the game-deciding spot-kick, Salah wheeled away towards the stands with his hands over his ears, and his tongue sticking out.

This came as the first time that the former Roma man had ever made use of such a celebration, leading to questions surrounding the exact meaning behind his actions.

As outlined above, though, such an explanation has since been forthcoming online.

In a brilliant gesture, Salah was in fact paying tribute to former Egyptian teammate Moamen Zakaria.

Zakaria was recently forced to retire from football after being diagnosed with ALS, with the 32-year-old, during his playing days, having utilised the same goalscoring celebration which Salah showcased versus Leeds 24 hours ago:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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