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Mohamed Salah and his Liverpool team-mates invited his former Egypt team-mate into their Wembley dressing room to celebrate their FA Cup final win over Chelsea.
Moamen Zakaria played 12 times for Egypt between 2014 and 2018, five of which came alongside Salah, before his career was tragically cut short following a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is a type of of motor neurone disease.
The disease can result in a progressive loss of the motor neurons that control muscles and sadly has no known cure. And in a touching gesture from his former international colleague, Zakaria was invited behind the scenes after Liverpool's penalty triumph.
The 34-year-old, who sometimes uses a wheelchair to help with mobility, was in the thick of the changing room revelry that any Liverpool fan would dream of.
As well as posing with Salah and holding the famous trophy, Zakaria was at the heart of the private celebrations with players dancing around him over the Liverpool crest.
Zakaria was regarded as a fine talent in his home country before his diagnosis, winning the Egyptian Premier League on three occasions and scoring 30 times across 93 league games for Al Ahly.
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Back in 2020, Salah paid tribute to Zakaria while celebrating a goal during Liverpool's 4-3 win over Leeds in the Premier League by replicating his signature pose.
This weekend, Liverpool won on penalties following a goalless 120 minutes, with Salah striving to included his friend in the joy despite his own disappointment at coming off injured.
One fan said in response: "This is best thing happened in 2022."
With a second adding: "Omg I love this club so so much."
Adrian has also received credit from fans for being a big part of Zakaria's Wembley dressing room experience, ensuring he was not sidelined among the jubilation.
Another supporter wrote: "Adrian man, what a guy."
With a second saying: "Also a lot of us including myself usually criticise Adrian a lot but honestly what a guy he is, great person to have in the dressing room."
The result means that Liverpool are still in with a chance of winning a historic quadruple, with their fans hoping to see Manchester City slip up in the Premier League title race.
That will come to a conclusion before they meet Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League, with Jurgen Klopp feeling supremely confident in his players.
He said after their second Wembley final victory of the season: "We are mentality monsters but there were mentality monsters in blue as well – it was one penalty. Chelsea played outstanding but in the end there must be one winner and that was us today."
- Mohamed Salah
- FA Cup
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