Mohamed Salah has endured a difficult start to his second season at Liverpool.
Everything the Egyptian forward touched turned to gold last season – but it’s been a different story over the past two months.
Salah scored a remarkable 44 goals in 52 games for the Reds last season – earning him a host of individual accolades in the process, including the Premier League’s Player of the Season award – but has only managed to net three goals in 11 appearances so far this term.
The 26-year-old hasn’t looked his world-class self in recent months and some football fans believe this is because he’s still suffering from the effects of the dislocated shoulder he suffered during last season’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Salah rushed himself back for the World Cup finals, not giving himself sufficient time to recover in the process, and hasn’t looked 100 per cent this so far this season – possibly as a direct result.
The former Chelsea and AS Roma forward also found himself in a spot of bother back in Augustafter being filmed using his mobile phone while driving.
Salah was asked by fans to sign autographs while stuck in traffic but refused to wind down his window and was seen using his phone at the wheel.
Liverpool Football Club. 😬 pic.twitter.com/TUyfliJnoG
— HES BIG AN HE’S FROM BARNSLEY AND HE’S NUMBER FIVE (@CityzensKippax) August 13, 2018
Merseyside Police tweeted that the footage had been passed to the relevant department, while Liverpool confirmed they would be speaking with the player.
“The club, after discussion with the player, have made Merseyside Police aware of the footage and the circumstances surrounding it’s capture,” Liverpool said at the time.
“We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally.”
Two months on from the incident and Merseyside Police have finally made a decision over Salah after reviewing the footage.
They’ve confirmed that they did speak to the player but that they’ve decided not to take action against the Egypt international due to “insufficient evidence” to support a prosecution.
“We can confirm a 26 year-old man was spoken to following an incident on Arkles Lane in Liverpool on Sunday 12th August 2018,” a spokesperson for Merseyside Police was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
“Enquiries have taken place and there is insufficient evidence to support a prosecution and as such no further action will be taken.
“The man has been spoken to by officers and given advice and guidance around mobile phone use in a vehicle.”
This is obviously the best possible news for both Liverpool and Salah, who no longer needs to worry about facing potential punishment from the police.
The current penalty for using a phone while driving in the UK is six points and a £200 fine.