Mohamed Salah has the chance to make more history with Liverpool on Saturday should he guide them to Champions League glory against Real Madrid.
It’s already been a remarkable season for the 25-year-old, who’s scored 44 goals in all competitions and won awards like PFA Player of the Season and FWA Footballer of the Year.
He was nigh-on unstoppable in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign and in Europe he’s been just as sensational.
Ten goals in 12 appearances – not to mention four assists – currently finds Salah third in the Champions League top goalscorer’s chart.
Catching Cristiano Ronaldo (15) at the top is an impossibility, but Salah could yet pip teammate Roberto Firmino (11) to second depending on how Saturday’s final pans out.
Fans are expecting the game in Kiev to be decided by who performs better out of Salah and Ronaldo, though there have been a few concerns about the former’s conditioning.
Due to his religious beliefs Salah has been practicing Ramadan since May 16, meaning he’s been fasting in the build-up to the Champions League final.
SALAH’S RAMADAN DILEMMA
This was confirmed by Liverpool teammate Alberto Moreno last week: “I have already said that I was going to eat for him as a joke, but it’s not going to be easy.
“He’s used to Ramadan and sometimes it’s even impacted him in pre-season but he’s managed things well.
“Hopefully on the 26th, he has the best match of his life and we’ll win the Champions League.”
Naturally, word of Salah not eating as much worried Liverpool fans because they want him to be in the best possible condition for the final.
Liverpool physiotherapist Ruben Pons has now reacted to Salah fasting before the most important game in Liverpool’s season and it’s nothing but good news.
Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, per the Liverpool Echo, Pons explained how Salah will be eating as normal on Friday and Saturday.
“We were in Marbella and the nutritionist established a work plan,” he said. “Tomorrow (Friday) and the day of the match he won’t, so it’s not going to affect him.”
Well that’s a relief. Liverpool’s nutritionist helped Salah with his fasting during the recent training camp in Marbella, but in the 48 hours before the final the Egyptian is eating as normal.
Salah will need to be on top of his game if Liverpool are to have any hope of winning the Champions League and it seems all the right measures are now in place.