Ben Foster reveals what ‘clever’ Mohamed Salah asked him after Liverpool beat Watford


Mohamed Salah approached Ben Foster after Liverpool smashed Watford

Mohamed Salah approached Ben Foster after Liverpool smashed Watford (BT Sport)

Ben Foster has praised Mohamed Salah for his ‘clever’ question after Liverpool thrashed Watford earlier this month.

Jurgen Klopp’s men ran out comfortable 5-0 winners at Vicarage Road with Salah, Sadio Mane and a hat-trick from Roberto Firmino securing the victory.

After the full-time whistle, Salah approached Foster to ask which way he would have dived if Liverpool were awarded a penalty during the game.

And the Watford goalkeeper believes Salah’s question highlights why the Liverpool forward is driven to becoming the world’s best player.

‘Oh my gosh, [Liverpool] are the most well-oiled machine, well-drilled [team]. I think maybe, I’ve ever even played against in my whole career,’ Foster said on The Cycling GK.

‘But the bit I want to talk about in particular is the bit about Mo Salah. About 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.

Mohamed Salah has already scored 10 Premier League goals this season

Mohamed Salah has already scored 10 Premier League goals this season (Getty)

‘So they have just won the game 5-0, Mo Salah I think scored one goal in that game. But he came up to me at full time. He has got his hand over his mouth a little bit because he did not want the cameras really to catch it so much. But he has come up and he’s gone; ‘Ben, Ben,’ I have gone like, “okay, yeah? You alright?”


‘And he is 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 will try and find out where their last four or 10 penalties might have gone,’ Foster added.

‘For example, and Mo Salah’s last five penalties he put to the goalkeeper’s right. So I have looked at him and I have gone, ‘I’d have gone to my right. I’d have dived to my right because you put your last five penalties to the right.

‘And 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 a goal and being a man of the match, and scoring an unbelievable goal, he has to know the tiny little details about his next game. If he gets that penalty, which way should he put it?

‘And that for me is… that is why Mo Salah is at the top guys. He is the top.’

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