Mo Salah described as “real-life hero” after stepping in to help homeless man

Dave Tindall

Mo Salah has been praised for coming to the aid of a homeless man following an incident at a petrol station following Liverpool’s recent 3-1 win over Arsenal.

The Egyptian striker has already been a hero on the pitch for the Reds this season.

He scored a hat-trick in the champions’ season-opening 4-3 win over Leeds. And he was the only Liverpool player to emerge with any credit from their embarrassing 7-2 mauling at Aston Villa.

Salah scored twice at Villa Park to make it five goals in four games.

But his actions off the pitch have also been praised.

Last month, Salah pulled in at a petrol station and saw a homeless man being verbally harassed by a group of other men.

Salah stepped in and calmed the situation down. He told the group that they too could one day find themselves in an unfortunate position.

His intervention was captured on CCTV.

The homeless man, David Craig, told The Sun: “Mo was every bit as wonderful as he is for Liverpool on the pitch.

“He heard what a group of lads were saying to me, then turned to them and said, ‘That could be you in a few years’. I only knew I wasn’t hallucinating when Mo incredibly handed me £100. What a complete legend.

“Mo had seen a couple of the lads hassling me. They were calling me names, asking why I was begging and telling me to get a job.

“He saw what was happening and said something to them and then he went to the cash machine. I was more than chuffed. I’m a massive fan.

“Mo is a real-life hero in my eyes and I want to thank him.”

Salah has been praised for previous acts of kindness. He funded the construction of a medical centre and a school for girls in Egypt two years ago.

Salah wins Reds Goal of the Month

Despite netting five times for Liverpool so far, there’s an obvious goal which stands out.

Salah scored a pair of decisive penalties against Leeds. And he tucked away his two goals with aplomb at Villa Park.

But his middle strike against Leeds has been voted Liverpool’s Goal of the Month.

Salah controlled a clearance with his right foot before lashing the ball into the top corner with his famed left.

The goal earned the most votes from supporters from a shortlist of 10 across all levels in September.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s superb free-kick against Lincoln finished second.