'Egyptian Kings need sleep too!': Liverpool ace Mo Salah filmed napping on plane floor (VIDEO)
Egyptian flyer Mo Salah enjoyed another exemplary season for Liverpool but appears to be in need of a rest ahead of the Champions League Final against Spurs as he was recorded sleeping on the floor of a plane on a trip to Spain.
Salah’s impromptu nap was recorded by Anfield teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and posted to Instagram, showing the 26-goal forward catching 40 winks on the team’s flight to Marbella, Spain, for warm weather training ahead of the clash with Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.
Once again, Salah was key to a Liverpool side who come within a hair’s breadth of dethroning Manchester City in a razor-close Premier League title race but the promise of a first Champions League trophy since 2005 could go a long way to easing the pain of coming up short in the most dramatic English season in years.
The Egyptian scored 26 times in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side, an impressive statistic when you consider his involvement in last summer’s World Cup in Russia and the fact that he hasn’t had a full, uninterrupted pre-season since signing for Liverpool in 2017.
So it is hardly surprising to learn that the 26-year-old is in need of a rest after another grueling season and is taking every opportunity to get his head down – something increasingly difficult in this instantaneous age of social media, or at least when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is nearby.
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The England winger uploaded footage of his teammate trying to catch forty winks to social media, with center back Dejan Lovren checking on the forward moments later. Soon, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s video documented a gathering of Liverpool players checking on their top goalscorer as Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnauldum and others showed their amusement at the situation.
Salah’s nap obviously did the trip, as the player was later shown by Liverpool in an official video package to be arriving at the club’s training base in Spain looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
The final against Spurs on June 1 will represent a shot at Champions League redemption for Salah, after his appearance in last year’s final against Real Madrid ended early as he suffered a shoulder injury in a tangle with Spanish defender Sergio Ramos.