LIVERPOOL – Liverpool Muslim star Mohamed Salah made a visually-impaired fan’s dream come true when he invited him to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground after a video of the lifelong Reds fans went viral.
“They were such a nice bunch of lads and everyone was really welcoming,” Mike Kearney told BBC Sport.
Last week, a video showing Kearney hugging his cousin in the stands at Anfield after Mohamed Salah’s goal went viral.
Salah saw the footage of the 26-year-old, who was born with sight problems and has been registered blind since he was seven years old, and asked if it would be possible to meet him.
Kearney explored the facilities, took a signed shirt by Salah and chatted to manager Jurgen Klopp, goalkeeper Alisson, and striker Divock Origi.
“At Anfield, it’s part of the world you know well, but behind the curtain, it is like ‘wow’,” he added.
“Imagine if we win the league this season and I’ve been in there with all those players!
“It’s just how big the operation is, how big the pitches are and how much goes into it – I’ll always be grateful to Mo and the club.”
Salah is arguably one of the biggest Muslim sports stars in the world at present.
Hailing from a Muslim-majority country, Salah is a devout Muslim who often prostrates to God on the field after scoring goals – a trend in sports that Egyptian players have started since 2006 during the African Cup of Nations in Egypt- hence nicknamed the ‘Prostrating Pharaohs’.
Salah’s record-breaking exploits for Liverpool have earned him millions of adoring fans.
Salah scored 44 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last season while helping Liverpool surge through the Champions League knockout stages while securing a fourth-place EPL finish.
A recent report by Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare) found that the success of Liverpool Muslim star Mohamed Salah has significantly decreased hate and race crimes in the English Premier League.