They have just won the game 5-0, Mo Salah I think scored one goal in that game. But he came up to me at full time,” Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster told The Cycling GK.
“He has got his hand over his mouth a little bit because he did not want the cameras really to catch it so much.
But he has come up and he’s gone; ‘Ben, Ben,’ I have gone like, ‘okay, yeah? You alright?’
“And he is gone, ‘if I’d have got a penalty which way would you have dived?’
Now as soon as he said that, I thought, oh you clever, clever boy.
“Because we do our research, all the goalkeepers out there do their research on strikers, and we will try and find out where their last four or 10 penalties might have gone.
“For example, and Mo Salah’s last five penalties he put to the goalkeeper’s right.
So I have looked at him and I have gone, ‘I’d have gone to my right.
I’d have dived to my right because you put your last five penalties to the right.’
“And a big smile came up on his face, a big grin, and he went, ‘Yeah, thank you.
I need to know, I need to know.’
“So not content with just winning the game 5-0 and scoring a goal and being a man of the match, and scoring an unbelievable goal, he has to know the tiny little details about his next game.
If he gets that penalty, which way should he put it?
“And that for me is… that is why Mo Salah is at the top guys. He is the top.”
Interestingly, Salah took a penalty in the following game against Atletico Madrid – and once again, he put it to the goalkeeper’s right while Jan Oblak dived to the left.
Out of the last 16 penalties for Liverpool, Salah failed to score just once when his shot was saved by AC Milan keeper Mike Maignan.