Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool celebration explained after netting hat-trick vs Leeds

Mohamed Salah’s new celebration reportedly came as a tribute to Egyptian team-mate Moamen Zakaria.

Salah netted a hat-trick as Liverpool began the defence of their Premier League crown with an entertaining 4-3 win over Leeds United.

Two of Salah’s goals came from the penalty spot with his hat-trick strike coming late in the game at Anfield.

And after netting his second from 12 yards, Salah celebrated by pressing his hands over his ears.

It’s believed the celebration were a tribute to Egyptian team-mate Zakaria, who regularly performs the act after scoring.

Zakaria is suffering with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly know as Motor Neurone Disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord.

Egyptian journalist Mohamed Adam told the Liverpool Echo: "Much of the Egyptian media is talking about this.

"[Zakaria] is a friend of Salah and everyone in the Egyptian football world is feeling for him.

"This is his trademark celebration so I believe Salah meant it as a tribute.

"Also [Zakaria] wears number eight and Salah did the hand gesture [to represent] eight in Arabic."

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Liverpool were pegged back three times before Salah’s late penalty and the Egyptian was glad to get the three points.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, Salah said: "Without fans it's so tough – especially at Anfield, everybody knows that. But it's a good start for us.

"A tough team, they press high as well, so the intensity was really high. We had a good game.

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"We shouldn't have conceded three but this is the game, we have to react for that and we did a good job.

"It's a tough team, to be fair. They had a great game. There's no fans but they play, they react really well and they scored three goals against us – that's huge.

"I'm happy about the result and we have to keep on improving and try not to concede as many goals."

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