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Salah broke down Islamophobia barriers according to Liverpool mayor

Salah broke down Islamophobia barriers according to Liverpool mayor

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Mayor of City Region Steve Rotheram believes 26-year-old has “broken down barriers” of Islamophobia in the city.

The Pharaoh took the English Premier League by storm on his first season, scoring 32 goals in the competition more than any player in the league’s history since narrowing down the number of teams to 20.

Salah was named PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers Footballer of the Year, and Premier League Player of the Season for his virtuoso displays.

The Egyptian King won over the hearts of all the club’s supporters after managing to score 44 in 51 games in all competitions.

“His legacy will be much more about what’s happened off the field,” Rotheram told BBC Radio 5 live’s Mo Salah: Football is Life.

A chant by Liverpool fans about their player includes the line “sitting in the mosque, that’s where I wanna be” – and was praised on social media by Salah himself.

“To have that breakdown of Islamophobia caused by one person is an absolutely phenomenal achievement,” the mayor added.

“I think what Salah’s done is what John Barnes did for the black community in the ’80s,” he concluded.

Liverpool will start their new Premier League journey on August 11 when they take on West Ham United at Anfield Stadium.

London School for Journalism student. KingFut community manager, Saba7o Korah editorial team, Writing for Football Italia and I have featured for FourFourTwo, These Football Times and The Gentleman Ultra.

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