With the ink barely dry on his newly signed contract, new Liverpool winger Mo Salah has already raised several eyebrows on Merseyside, after a tweet from 2016 was dug up and brought to light.
Get well soon bro 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/a1J4AXCMpt
— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) July 18, 2016
Seems like a pretty normal, decent thing to do, doesn’t it? Look closer.
This is Demba Ba celebrating scoring the goal that ended Liverpool’s dream of a first Premier League title in the 2013/14 season.
The tweet was paying tribute to Salah’s former Chelsea team mate Demba Ba, who suffered a dreadful leg break whilst playing out in China.
Something about Steven Gerrard slipping over too? Ring any bells? Here’s a picture to remind you.
The Liverpool fans are a passionate lot, and they have long, long, long memories, and the match haunts many to this day.
Once fans twigged the source of the photo, they responded in a nice, calm fashion, requesting that Salah delete the photo.
sigh. We don’t want you at our club then.
— Zeal (@AnfieldForce) June 20, 2017
DELETE. THIS. PICTURE.
— 🙃 (@BecOfTheKop) June 23, 2017
This is the social media equivalent of a baptism of fire for the Egyptian winger, who may be shocked by the backlash he’s received for the tweet, particularly as – and this is the important bit – He was wishing a friend well after they suffered a horrific injury.
By Joe Whitcombe for 90 Min