2. Pressure and expectations
For Egypt, he represents the jewel in the crown of its national team and the man upon all hopes rest. “If you talk only about Egypt, we are 100 million,” he says. “I have to be natural and not doing anything fake.”
But his more immediate task is to help steer Liverpool past his former employer Roma, and towards a sixth European Cup, its first since 2005.
“Everyone is expecting something in each game I’m playing. I don’t have to score in every game but I want to do my best. I want to give everything for the club for my teammates and myself also.”
1. Favorite Dish
“Nutrition is so important, it’s part of the game,” he says. “It has helped with my recovery, allowed me to sleep better and helped my body adapt quickly.”
It’s fair to say that he has yet to find British cuisine to his taste, though he confesses he has tried a traditional pie as well as fish and chips.
Instead, he prefers an Egyptian dish called kushari, which is made from rice, pasta and lentils, topped with tomato sauce, chickpeas and fried onion. “When I go back to Egypt, I call my friend from the airport to buy kushari for us to eat in the car,” he says.
“I pull my hoodie over my head, jump into the car and then I’m eating it straight away.”