Ever since joining the Reds from Roma in 2017, Mohamed Salah has become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's rampant Liverpool brigade. Arriving at the Anfield for 50 million euros, the Egyptian footballer justified his price tag with a sensational run last season. With 30 goals to his name, Salah was awarded the Golden Boot and was eventually named PFA Players' Player of the Year in the 2017/18 season.
Thanks to his dribbling skills, speed and ball control, Salah raked in goal after goal and played a crucial role in propelling Liverpool to the Champions League final last year. His goal-scoring might have come down a notch this season, but Salah continues to be a key ingredient in the Reds' charge for the title.January 20, 2019
But, for a man who is loved and cherished by Liverpool fans as much as he is back home in Egypt, Salah shocked everyone after going offline on the social media recently.
The 26-year-old, who enjoys a great fan-following, appeared to have deleted all of his social media accounts where his followers numbered in the millions. The Egyptian's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts went offline without warning a day after he posted a cryptic tweet.
"2019 Resolution: Time to get in touch, for real," read the final tweet of the Premier League footballer which was later shared widely on the social media platforms. When people tried to go through his Twitter account, they could only see the message: "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!". On Instagram, it said: "The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed". The story was pretty much the same on Facebook.
While it's still not clear whether the shutdowns were deliberate or not, and what exactly provoked the Liverpool forward to go offline. Some believe that Salah deleted his accounts owing to a dispute he has had with the Egyptian Football Association over his image rights. Others the footballer's trail and saw it as a possible New Year's resolution.
But, despite all the speculation, Salah's sudden disappearance from the social media can also be looked upon as one of the best moves to raise awareness for the real-life communications. In the modern world, everything is digital - sharing information, knowledge and even building relationships. While it allowed us to reach larger masses, it also killed our need for human interactions - something Salah is probably trying to convey here.
Irrespective of the reason, the latest antics of the Egyptian footballer undoubtedly left the fans baffled.
Like it. Get away from social media and win a title.— Stephen Haw (@Ste_Haw) January 23, 2019
Excellent work and tough decision— saad lazrak (@saadoun039) January 23, 2019
Focusing on football only. Good lad.— Geo (@GeordySharpe) January 23, 2019
I can tell that he is concentrating on being in his best form again, which is what we really need. Salah is going to ruin teams now. This is what happens when you make fun of salah and call him a diver, he deletes his accounts and gets ready to destroy your team for fun.— bigi (@alove23355) January 23, 2019
Concentrating on Diving Classes more— Adarsh Mkv (@AdarshMkv) January 23, 2019