Is Mohamed Salah fasting for Ramadan ahead of the Champions League final?

Mohamed Salah  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)The Champions League final comes round this weekend, which is right in the middle of Ramadan, leaving Muslim players in a difficult situation.

The rules of Ramadan forbid eating or drinking during daylight hours, which means Muslim players would have to fast all day before an evening kick-off.

Liverpool’s standout player this season, Mohamed Salah, and another of their key men, Sadio Mane, are devout Muslims and face this tricky scenario ahead of the clash with Real Madrid on Saturday night.

So how are they going to deal with the situation?

Salah celebrates his goals by praying (Picture: PA)According to reports in Salah’s home country of Egypt, he has no intention of breaking fast early due to the game, Mane is also thought to be sticking to the rules.

This means no eating or drinking (or smoking or having sex) before the sun goes down on Saturday night.

Luckily, the sun is expected to set around 30 minutes before kick-off in Kiev on Saturday night, so this will give both players time to re-hydrate and refuel before the game starts.

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Ramadan ends on 14 June this year, with Eid-al-Fitr the following day, which happens to be Egypt’s opening game at the World Cup.

Mane’s national side, Senegal, do not start their World Cup campaign until 19 June, so he will be unaffected by Ramadan as he takes to the field in Russia.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping Salah is at the top of his game (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)The Egypt national team has put in measures to help their side deal with the fasting in the build-up to their opening World Cup game against Uruguay.

Head coach Hector Cuper said: ‘The Egyptian Football Association has hired specialists to help me and the players during the fasting month of Ramadan.

‘We will organise and monitor their eating and sleeping and hope that this will not affect them badly.

‘It may be a problem for the coaches because the players will stop eating from sunrise until sunset, so it will not be easy during training but that is to do with the religion and I can’t prevent them from observing Ramadan.’

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Thankfully for Liverpool they have Alberto Moreno on hand who told Spanish radio station El Transistor: ‘I think Salah trains at 20 per cent because he’s scared of injuring himself.

‘Now it’s Ramadan, I’ll eat and drink for him, that’s something I can do!’

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Frank Lampard’s heartfelt message to Mohamed Salah overheard off-camera

Frank Lampard was interviewing Mohamed Salah for BT Sport (LFCTV)Frank Lampard showed his class with a lovely message for Mohamed Salah ahead of Liverpool’s titanic Champions League final with Real Madrid.

Salah has had a record-breaking debut campaign on Merseyside and was named PFA Player of the Year after 32 goals for the Reds in the Premier League.

What makes Salah’s season all the more impressive, though, is how he has managed to bounce back from a disastrous spell at Chelsea in his first crack at English football.

The forward only scored two goals in 19 appearances before being eventually securing a permanent switch to Roma in August 2016.

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One man who saw Salah’s struggles first hand at Stamford Bridge was legendary midfielder Lampard, who played alongside the Egyptian in the 2013/14 season.

The pair met up for the first time since they shared a changing room as Lampard interviewed Salah for a BT Sport interview.

In a touching moment prior to the interview, captured by LFCTV, Lampard taps his former team-mate on the leg before saying: ‘I’m just so happy for you…brilliant.’

Salah stressed that he learned a lot from his time at Chelsea despite a lack of playing time under Jose Mourinho.

‘I had one season with you [Lampard] and we know each other. It was an honour to play with you, but when I was there I was not playing much. I was also still a kid,’ he said.

‘I went to Roma and changed and came back a different person but my time at Chelsea – I was just young and there I didn’t have my chance.

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‘When I look back I learned a lot from Jose, from the club, everything there was different for me because I came from Basel to Chelsea and it was different.

‘For me, I always wanted success and it was always in my mind to come back to the Premier League.’

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Cristiano Ronaldo laughs off comparison with Mohamed Salah ahead of Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League final

Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo have enjoyed stellar seasons in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Cristiano Ronaldo insists he simply cannot be compared to Mohamed Salah ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.

The Egypt international has enjoyed a record breaking first season at Anfield, scoring 44 goals in all competitions and spearheading Liverpool’s run to the Kiev showcase.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, overcame a sluggish start to the campaign to help inspire Zinedine Zidane’s side to the brink of a third Champions League crown in a row.

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The 32-year-old admitted he has been impressed with Salah’s exploits since swapping Roma for Liverpool last summer, but believes he still stands head and shoulders, figuratively and literally, above his rival.

‘Not really,’ said Ronaldo when asked if he saw any similarities between himself and Salah.

Mohamed Salah beat Harry Kane to the Premier League Golden Boot scoring 32 goals (Picture: Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo is aiming for a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)‘He is completely different. He plays with the left, I play with the right. I’m tall he’s a little bit shorter, I play with the head.

‘We are completely different. People want to compare me with other players but I’m different from everyone.

‘Salah is different but I have to say he has had a fantastic Champions League a fantastic league season, but Saturday, let’s see.’

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How can I watch the Champions League final for free through BT Sport and YouTube?

Can Mohamed Salah inspire Liverpool to Champions League glory? (Picture: Getty Images)The world will be watching this Saturday night as Liverpool and Real Madrid contest the 2017/18 Champions League final in Kiev.

With both teams full of attacking flair it looks certain to be a memorable contest in Ukraine, and you will not want to miss out if you haven’t been lucky enough to go the match yourself.

Obviously the match is being shown in the UK, but thankfully, it is also being shown for free!

Here is everything you need to know about when and where to watch the contest…

Real Madrid go into the match as favourites (Picture: Getty Images)When is the Champions League final?

Liverpool and Real Madrid meet at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Saturday, 26 May with kick-off at 7.45pm.

What TV channel is the match on?

BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.

Jurgen Klopp can make history in Kiev (Picture: Getty Images)But how can I watch it for free?

BT Sport have generously decided to let you stream the match without a subscription.

You can do so through their YouTube channel, on the BT Sport app and on the BT Sport website.

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Pete Oliver, managing director for marketing and sales at BT Consumer, said: ‘This season we have shown some absolutely amazing games and have had some of our biggest games to date with our UEFA Champions League viewing figures up by 47 per cent this season.

‘The final is set to be a classic and we can’t wait to bring it to football fans across the UK.’

What are the Champions League final odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Real Madrid 6/5

Liverpool 21/10

Draw 11/4

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Zinedine Zidane reveals if he’d swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Real target Mohamed Salah

Is Ronaldo better than Salah? (Picture: Soccrates/Getty Images)Zinedine Zidane would not entertain talk of swapping Cristiano Ronaldo for Mohamed Salah, despite the latter being linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.

The former World Cup winner is looking to mastermind a third consecutive Champions League win as Real manager, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool standing in his way.

When the two sides collide on Saturday in Kiev, two of world football’s biggest stars this season will go head-to-head in what promises to be a fabulous final.

Salah has enjoyed a remarkable debut season with his new club in the Premier League, scoring 43 goals in all competitions for the Reds.

Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d’Ors, banged in 41 goals, including a stunning 15 in the Champions League.

Salah has been linked with Real Madrid (Picture: CameraSport via Getty)

Zidane would keep CR7 (Picture: AP)Despite being 33, he remains Real Madrid’s talisman and Zidane insists that he would not let the Portuguese leave in exchange for the Egyptian.

When asked if he would swap Ronaldo for Salah, he replied: ‘No, I have Cristiano and I talk about my players.’

Zidane also rubbished suggestions that Liverpool would be more determined to succeed.

When asked if Klopp’s men are more hungry, he responded: ‘I can’t tell you about the opponent. I don’t know what they are.

‘What I can say is that we will have the same desire as always. This club is what it is: the same enthusiasm, dedication and desire as always. And nobody can take that away or tell us that we are less hungry than others. No-one.

‘We are Madrid and this club is what it is. We always want more and we will give everything to try to do it in the best way.’

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Mohamed Salah wouldn’t get in Real Madrid’s team, claims Vicente Del Bosque

Mohamed Salah will be a marked man against Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Former Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque claims Mohamed Salah wouldn’t ‘improve’ Real Madrid and says the Liverpool star wouldn’t get a game at the Bernabeu.

Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday and Salah will be a marked man after his incredible season at Anfield.

Salah’s scored 44 goals for the Reds this term following his arrival from Roma and he was crowned PFA Player of the Year for his sensational debut campaign.

However, Del Bosque claims Madrid have the best squad in Europe and Salah wouldn’t get in their starting XI.

Del Bosque guided Madrid to two Champions League titles (Picture: Getty)‘Real Madrid have a great squad — they are the best club in Europe at the moment and must show that on Saturday,’ said Del Bosque.

‘I don’t see even one Liverpool player who would improve Real Madrid, not even Salah.’

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Salah will be Liverpool’s danger man in Ukraine but Madrid star Marcelo says Real can’t afford to concentrate just on the Egyptian.

‘Every game is different and Liverpool aren’t just all about Salah,’ said Marcelo.

‘They’ve also got Firmino and Mane. They’ve got several players who are capable of changing the complexion of a game, particularly in finals, and we’re aware that we can’t afford to focus on one single player.’

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Real Madrid’s Marcelo ‘terrified’ of Mohamed Salah, says Mohamed Aboutrika

Mohamed Salah won the Premier League’s Golden Boot (Picture: PA)Liverpool will have the upper hand over Real Madrid when they meet in the Champions League final because Marcelo is terrified of Mohamed Salah.

That is according to Egypt legend Mohamed Aboutrika who watched Salah go toe-to-toe with Marcelo in the Olympics in Rio.

Salah has been virtually unstoppable this season in front of goal and currently has 44 goals in 51 appearances.

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Liverpool head into the final in Kiev as the underdogs, but Aboutrika believes Salah’s prowess could give the Reds the edge.

‘Liverpool have a big chance to win the Champions League against Real Madrid,’ he told beIN Sports MENA.

‘I witnessed on that pitch what Salah can do to Marcelo during the Olympic Games.

Marcelo played against Salah at the Olympics (Picture: AFP)

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(Picture: AP)‘I was playing with Egypt against Brazil. Marcelo is terrified of Salah.

‘I noticed the same thing in the Champions League when Roma played against Real.’

Liverpool are bidding for their sixth European title and their first since their epic 2005 triumph.

Marcelo and Real Madrid are going for their third Champions League trophy in a row (Picture: AFP)

(Picture: Reuters)Real, however, are aiming to win their third Champions League in a row and the 13th in their history.

The La Liga giants were handed a boost this week when Dani Carvajal and Cristiano Ronaldo returned to full training.

The duo had been struggling with injuries, but are now on track to start the final against Liverpool.

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Graeme Souness storms off during coverage after being told to hurry up by Sky Sports bosses

Graeme Souness is a regular on Sky Sports (Picture: Getty)Graeme Souness will return to working for Sky Sports after storming off the set during coverage of the final day of the Premier League.

It was thought a questionable comment about Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah had sparked Sounsess’ exit.

Souness was suddenly missing after a commercial break as Gary Neville and Thierry Henry took over in the studio.

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Before his disappearance, Souness had been telling viewers about a conversation he had with Kelly Cates, the daughter of Kenny Dalglish.

He said: ‘I was working with Kelly and I said to her “He’s like your dad with a sun tan”.’

The comment drew criticism from fans on social media, but the Sun claim it is not the reason Souness stormed off the set.

A comment about Mohamed Salah had sparked a backlash from fans (Picture: Getty)

(Picture: Getty)Souness left after he was enraged by Sky bosses asking him to speed up his commentary.

The Scotsman has worked with Sky Sports since ending his managerial career and is a regular across their football coverage.

Souness returned to the set to apologise for losing his temper and the matter is considered resolved.

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s best player

Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, says Ander Herrera. (Getty Images)Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League.

The Spain international is preparing to face the Belgian this Saturday as Jose Mourinho’s side take on Antonio Conte’s men in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Mohamed Salah has been crowned PFA Player of the Year after an impressive season at Liverpool, while the Egyptian also won the Premier League’s Golden Boot with his record-breaking 32-goal campaign.

But Herrera believes Hazard should still be considered the division’s best player.

‘For me, Hazard is the best player in the league,’ the United midfielder said on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter.

Mohamed Salah is considered the Premier League’s best after his impressive season. (Getty Images)

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‘In my opinion he’s the best player in the league, I’ve said that since my first day here.’

Herrera also believes his United teammate David De Gea is comfortably the best goalkeeper in world football.

‘For me, David is the best by far,’ said Herrera.

‘I think he has something that comes from god.

‘God chose him in the goal and god chose Messi on the pitch.

Herrera says David De Gea is easily the best goalkeeper in the world. (AFP/Getty Images)‘You cannot train what he did against Liverpool [at Anfield].

‘You cannot train what he did against Kun Aguero when he was two metres in front of him and he put the hand out, you cannot train it.

‘You can train when he receives the ball from the left defender and he passes the ball to Antonio Valencia pefect.

‘You can see when he receives the ball he knows always what to do.

‘He has some special abilities that I think he hasn’t trained them, because you cannot train them, you just have them.’

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Mohamed Salah will get even better next season, warns Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is tipping Mohamed Salah to get even better (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool’s Premier League rivals that Mohamed Salah could get even better next season.

The Egyptian was crowned PFA Player of the Year after an astonishing campaign for the Reds that saw him break the record for the most goals ever scored in a 38-game season.

Salah’s been the driving force behind Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final and he scored 40% of the club’s Premier League goals this term.

However, Klopp believes the 25-year-old is young enough to keep improving and says Salah can get even better in the next campaign.

Salah broke the record for most goals in a 38-game Premier League season (Picture: Getty)‘He has played this season outstandingly, but he is young enough and has enough potential to improve.

‘That’s really good news for all of us and him as well. He still has work to do, and I am really happy about that. But what he is in his mind is a real goal-getter and that’s cool. He wants to. I’ll mix it up in a few moments and there’ll be goals again

‘I have no idea of numbers now because obviously it’s difficult to score that many goals otherwise other people would have done it already.

‘I’m happy for him that he gets the Golden Boot. But it’s very important that he has two weeks to prepare for our biggest game so far, that’s for sure. It’s a massive one.’

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Liverpool confirmed their place in next season’s Champions League with a 4-0 win against Brighton on the final day of the Premier League season.

The Reds now have a 12-day break before they take on Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League in Kiev.

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