Ben Foster reveals perfectionist Mohamed Salah quizzed him on which way he’d dive to save his penalties AFTER Liverpool’s rout of Watford
- Liverpool mauled Watford 5-0 in the league at Vicarage Road earlier this month
- Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all scored as the Reds won
- Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster revealed that Salah is committed to staying top
- The Egyptian asked which way Foster would have dived if he had taken a penalty
Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has revealed what Mohamed Salah asked him to help stay at the top of his game, following Liverpool’s 5-0 victory at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets shotstopper praised the Egyptian for his commitment to remaining at the top despite having already secured a massive victory.
Goals from Salah, Sadio Mane and a hat-trick from Roberto Firmino secured three points for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
But despite seeing his net breached five times by the rampant Reds, Foster had nothing but admiration for Liverpool, in particular Salah.
Mohamed Salah (left) quizzed Ben Foster (right) on his penalty technique after the match
Salah chipped in with a second-half strike during Liverpool’s goal rush away from home
The Egyptian asked the Hornets keeper which way he would dive to save his penalties
Speaking on the Cycling GK, the goalkeeper went on to reveal that Salah asked the 38-year-old where he would have dived in case he took a penalty against him.
‘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,’ he said.
‘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.
Roberto Firmino (left) put three past Foster to complete a hat-trick of tap-ins in stoppage time
Sadio Mane (centre) also made the scoresheet as he found the net just eight minutes in
‘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.
Despite suffering at the hands of Jurgen Klopp’s side, Foster praised Salah’s commitment
‘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.’
SALAH’S SUPER PENALTY RECORD
All penalties for Liverpool
Huddersfield (H), Oct 2017 – MISSED
Huddersfield (A), Jan 2018 – SCORED
Red Star (H), Oct 2018 – SCORED
Newcastle (H), Dec 2018 – SCORED
Arsenal (H), Dec 2018 – SCORED
Brighton (A), Jan 2019 – SCORED
Tottenham (A), June 2019 – SCORED
Arsenal (H), Aug 2019 – SCORED
Tottenham (H), Oct 2019 – SCORED
West Ham (A), Jan 2020 – SCORED
Leeds (H), Sept 2020 – SCORED
Leeds (H), Sept 2020 – SCORED
Midtjylland (H), Oct 2020 – SCORED
West Ham (H), Oct 2020 – SCORED
Man City (A), Nov 2020 – SCORED
Fulham (A), Dec 2020 – SCORED
Man City (H), Feb 2021 – SCORED
Chelsea (H), Aug 2021 – SCORED
AC Milan (H), Sept 2021 – MISSED
Atletico M (A), Oct 2021 – SCORED