Ben Foster has revealed what Mohamed Salah said to him after his Watford side were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool on October 16.
Salah was seen speaking to Foster with his hand over his mouth after the final whistle.
The Egyptian scored a potential Premier League Goal of the Season contender during the rout and also provided a stunning assist for teammate Sadio Mane.
Foster, whose excellent YouTube channel ‘Ben Foster – The Cycling GK’ is well worth checking out if you haven’t already done so, said on a vlog: “Okay guys, I’ve got to talk about Liverpool and, in particular, Mo Salah and what he said to me at full-time last week, which made me realise that he is like, proper proper top at the minute.”
Foster went into fascinating detail about just how good this Liverpool team is, describing Jurgen Klopp’s side as the “most well oiled machine, well-drilled [team] I think maybe I’ve ever even played against in my whole career”.
(Credit: Ben Foster – The Cycling GK)
That’s huge praise from the 38-year-old goalkeeper, who has faced many superb teams throughout his career.
What did Mohamed Salah say to Ben Foster?
Foster then returned to Salah, adding: “But the bit I want to talk about in particular is about Mo Salah and what he said to me at full-time that made me think: ‘Oh my gosh, you are so professional, so driven. You want to be the best you can possibly be’.
“So they’ve just won the game 5-0. Mo Salah, I think he scored one goal in the game.
“But he came up to me at full-time and he’s got his hand over his mouth a little bit because he didn’t want the cameras to catch it.
“He’s come up and gone: ‘Ben, Ben…’
“I’ve gone: ‘Okay, yeah? You alright?
“And he’s gone: ‘If I’d have got a penalty, which way would you have dived?’
“Now, as soon as he said that, I thought: ‘Oh, you clever, clever boy’ because we do our research. All the goalkeepers out there do their research on strikers and we’ll try and find out where their last four, five or 10 penalties might have gone, for example, and Mo Salah’s last five penalties he put to the goalkeeper’s right.
“So I’ve looked at him and I’ve gone: ‘Ah okay. I’d have gone to my right. I’d have dived to my right because you put your last five penalties to the right’.
“A big smile came up on his face, a big grin, and he went: ‘Yeah, thank you. I need to know, I need to know’.
“So not content with just winning the game 5-0 and scoring an unbelievable goal and being Man of the Match, he has to know the tiny little details. In his next game, if he gets that penalty, which way he should put it.
“That’s why Mo Salah, he’s at the top, guys. He is the top.”
Video: Ben Foster on Liverpool and Salah
Watch Foster’s video here:
Is Mo Salah the world’s best player?
Indeed, an increasing number of football fans believe that Salah is the best player in the world on current form.
Salah scored two more goals three days later against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League before netting a brilliant hat-trick in a famous 5-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
And his post-match chat with Foster shows how he’s managed to scale such lofty heights.
This is a model professional who, like Foster says, pays attention to the small details in order to maximise his potential.