Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is set to work as a pundit at the World Cup alongside Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
That’s according to the Daily Star, who suggest that Salah will work with Mahrez as a pundit for beIN SPORTS.
Both players won’t be present at the tournament this winter having been knocked out in qualifying.
But according to this report, they’ll still be there in some capacity. Salah and Mahrez will put club rivalry to one side to give their analysis of the goings on in Qatar.
The two locked horns last weekend, with Salah coming out on top as he scored the winning goal for Liverpool. Mahrez remained on the bench throughout.
Salah makes himself busy to ease World Cup blues
This will be interesting should it come to pass. It isn’t often we get to hear analysis from one of the world’s top active players.
As one of the most recognisable players in the game, whatever Salah does or doesn’t say will carry great weight amongst his peers.
Of course, the Egyptian would much rather be playing, but perhaps this is the next best thing. At least Mo can busy himself with work rather than watching on idly.
For Mahrez too, his Algeria side would have been disappointed not to qualify. The Greens won AFCON in 2019 and are one of the best sides in Africa. But alas, he’ll have to make do with a watching brief, too.
It must be noted that these reports are yet to be confirmed. Liverpool look set to head to a training camp in Dubai for those players not involved in the World Cup.
It’s impossible that Mo will be absent without the blessing of his manager, Jurgen Klopp. But in this instance, what is best for Salah is, by extension, best for Liverpool.
As a result, perhaps it’s in Liverpool’s best interest to let their £34m man do his thing while the World Cup is on.