Mohamed Salah surprised 8-year-old Liverpool fan Joseph Clarendon on Saturday by giving him his shirt after the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Spurs.
Liverpool might have squandered the opportunity to beat Tottenham deep into extra time when Harry Kane converted the second penalty of the game but Joe Clarendon will forever remember the day that Mo Salah ran over to give him his shirt.
Joe found out that he would be attending the match earlier that day, his first ever, and made a sign for his favourite player. The untidy but sincere message read: “Mo Salah, can I have your shirt please?”
And despite the fact that he held the sign up for 90 minutes, Joe never expected that his wish would be granted.
Joe’s grandfather Jimmy McKenna explains how the young Liverpool fan got the chance to attend his first game and receive Salah’s jersey.
“It was my 60th birthday on Sunday and I should have gone to the match as a birthday present. But we had a party on Saturday night and I was a bit worse for wear!” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I was supposed to go with Joe’s brother but he was up with us and didn’t want to go, so my daughter took Joe.
“It is the first game he has ever been to and he did the sign himself when he found out he was going. He held the sign up for the whole 90 minutes.
“He told his mum halfway through the game that his arms were hurting him, but he just held it up higher! He loved the game and he was made up when Mo Salah scored because he’s his favourite player.”
Joe was left with a “broken heart” when Harry Kane equalised in the 94th minute but his heartbreak was quickly mended when Salah jogged over.
The Egyptian’s attention was caught when he scored what should have been the winner and he noticed Joe’s sign and made sure to give the eight-year-old his jersey.
“My daughter wasn’t expecting anything to come of it, she just let him make the sign,” said Jimmy.
“As Mo Salah was running over and taking his shirt off, all the fans around him were shouting, ‘you’re going to get the shirt!’ It was a good experience for him.
“We saw him afterwards and he had the shirt on over his coat. He was made up!”
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