Mohamed Salah talks the moment he convinced James Milner to let him take penalties

The Egyptian needed to take penalties in order to beat another Premier League great to the Golden Boot.

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Mohamed Salah has scored 18 penalties for Liverpool during his time at the club. The Egyptian recently became the club’s all time top scorer in the Premier League, scoring his 129th goal in the 7-0 victory against Manchester United to pip Robbie Fowler in the historic rankings.

The 30-year-old sat down with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard on ‘When Stevie Met Salah’s for LFCTV.

Salah talks about the moment he asked James Milner to let him assume penalty responsibilities during a Premier League game against Huddersfield in January 2018.

Milner had been Liverpool’s penalty taker since he signed for the club in 2015 but Salah was in a race with Spurs ace Harry Kane for the Premier League golden boot and needed all the chances he could get.

“I think when I came I wasn’t in the first one, two, three, four [penalty takers],” said Salah. “I don’t know. Then there was a game at Huddersfield [in January 2018] and [Harry] Kane was scoring 21, 22 [goals]. Something like this. There was only one difference [between Kane and Salah].

“Then Milner was in the game and I wasn’t really aware of everything going on. I was like ‘Okay. I’m going to take it’, I asked him nicely.

“A few players came to me and I said ‘guys, I need to take it. I need to score. We’re already [two] goals up’. And for me, there he [Milner] told me to take it. So I took and equalised with Kane and after that Milner came to me [to let me take them].”

Salah said that Milner came to him a few years ago and told the Egyptian to keep taking penalties as he was scoring the majority of them.

“He spoke to me, he’s a really cool guy to be fair and I have to be honest he came to me and said it’s working very well so you stay on them. I think that was two years ago.”



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