Mohamed Salah of Egypt challenged by Awoniyi Taiwo of Nigeria during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals match between Nigeria and Egypt at Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon, on 11 January 2022

Watch: Mo Salah asked for selfie by Nigerian coach after AFCON defeat

Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah was unable to lead Egypt to victory in their 2021 AFCON opener against Nigeria, and just seconds after the final whistle he was asked for a selfie by a member of the opposition coaching staff.

Salah has been talked up as the best player in the world on current form, and he’s arguably the biggest star at the Africa Cup Of Nations in Cameroon. However, he was served a reminder in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to Nigeria that he’ll have to produce some extra special individual brilliance if he’s to lead the Pharaohs to international glory.

The 29-year-old forward, who leads the Premier League for both goals and assists this season, was ever the gentleman when asked for a picture after a disappointing 90 minutes on the pitch.

He obliged, despite having every right not to be in the mood, recalling the time that Salt Bae got a picture with him after injury forced him off the pitch in Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Nigeria’s victory, with the match-winning goal coming courtesy of Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, puts them in the driving seat in AFCON Group D. Egypt, meanwhile, will be looking to take something from Guinea-Bissau and Sudan in order to qualify for the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, Salah has given a fresh interview about his contract negotiations at his club.

“I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands. I’m not asking for crazy stuff,” the Liverpool fan favourite told GQ.

“The thing is, when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something, [they should] because they appreciate what you did for the club.

“I’ve been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me.

“But with the administration, they have [been] told the situation. It’s in their hands.”

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