Mohamed Salah’s time at Basel: How Reds star got his chance, humbling Federer comparison

MOHAMED Salah was born in Egypt and has become a star at Liverpool but he was made in Basel.

Adam Bate speaks to those involved to find out why Salah got his big chance in Europe, how he seized it, and the reason why he is just like tennis legend Roger Federer…

The date was March 16, 2012.

Bernhard Heusler will not forget it. Basel’s president and his sporting director Georg Heitz had set up a friendly against Egypt’s U23 side. Ostensibly, it was a chance for Egypt to prepare for that year’s Olympics following the cancellation of their league due to the Port Said stadium disaster. In truth, it was all about one man.

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah
Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed SalahSource: AFP