April 23, 2018

Champions League: Salah expects rude welcome from Roma friends

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

Mohamed Salah has been told to expect an “unfriendly” welcome from his ex-colleagues when Liverpool take on his former club Roma tonight.



Salah comes up against his old team-mates for the first time when Anfield hosts the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

The 25-year-old has been in outstanding form since moving to Liverpool for £36.9million last summer, with 41 goals in 46 games seeing him named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday.

And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp believes Salah will be afforded a special reunion by his former team-mates.

“Coming up against your old club is pretty normal in football, it happens constantly,” he said. “Players change clubs and managers change clubs, like I had with Dortmund two years ago (when they faced Liverpool in the Europa League).

“I’m sure Mo has followed the whole season for Roma and he had a special time there and became the player there that we now have here, big credit to the staff at Roma as they are part of his development.