There’s a joke among football fans about how Arsenal players/goals etc. always win awards when they’re based on public votes.
For some reason, the Gunners love to dominate various polls and naturally always plump for either a Mesut Ozil or an Alexis Sanchez (although their fondness for the latter may have lessened over the summer…).
There was a time a few years back when even Jack Wilshere used to top votes he had no right to be anywhere near!
Liverpool though now have a bunch of fanatics set to rig every award for our new signing…
Step forward, Mo Salah!
The Egyptian has 2.86m followers on Twitter, more than twice as many as Everton – and a cool one million more than Empire of the Kop!
In his homeland, he’s reached David Beckham levels of popularity – and despite Sadio Mane’s ludicrous start to the season – Salah won our Player of the Month award.
This raised a few eyebrows at the time, but now we know why: Salah has the backing of millions of recently turned Scouse-Egyptians!
Following his award, Salah’s former club Roma tried to warn us of what’s going to happen, but only now have we cottoned on to what they actually meant:
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) September 5, 2017
At first, we thought they were just highlighting Salah’s ability, but they were in fact referencing his enormous online following.
An Egyptian on Reddit has also helped explain the situation:
1) We (Egyptians) have been longing for a successful player abroad for decades. The closest we came to that was Mido and he was a basket case so he never hit his potential
2) The country is obsessed with football. It’s intrinsically linked to politics, culture, and feuds between different cities. Mohamed Salah, quite literally, is the most unifying Egyptian person in years.
3) Mohamed never played for one of the big 2 (El-Ahly and El-Zamalek). So no reason for either of the massive contingents to turn on him.
4) The guy is fucking humble, quite funny (used to be really shy), and is very proud of being Egyptian. He is one of us. A marketer’s dream.
5) He scores goals. His goals against Chelsea, Tottenham (with Basel), Arsenal (with Chelsea and Liverpool) were celebrated by tens of millions. He also kills it with the national team. Shows up in the biggest moments. Our team is channelled through Salah.
Finally, I would like to say that Salah joining Liverpool is one of the trippiest things to have happened to me recently. My social media is part Liverpool supporters talking about Salah and my country, and part Egyptians talking about Liverpool. You should fucking see cafes and bars when Liverpool play since Wee Mo joined. Used to beg them to switch from Madrid/Barca to us back in the day, now all the TVs show Liverpool.
So there you have it, Reds! VOTE MO!