Mohamed Salah is smiling.
It’s an expression that those who have watched the English Premier League over the past eight months have grown accustomed to.
Sitting down inside Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium the day after scoring a key goal in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg, Salah is in a relaxed mood.
Less than 12 hours earlier, Salah had scored his 39th goal of the season in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Manchester City, sending the club through to the last four of European football’s most prestigious competition.
Wearing a black hooded jumper and ripped skinny black jeans, he slowly finishes off his coffee as he looks out across the Anfield turf after a recovery session at the nearby training ground.
“I love that when I was a kid that I was playing the PlayStation as Liverpool,” Salah jokes.
For those who have been fortunate enough to watch Salah this season, it would not be an exaggeration to suggest that some of his performances have appeared to be from a virtual reality.
His searing pace — which would have left most game console players with repetitive strain injury in their constant pressing of the buttons on their handset — has been complemented by unerring accuracy in front of goal.
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