Mohamed Salah has risked the wrath of Liverpool fans by swapping shirts with West Ham star Felipe Anderson at half-time of the 1-1 draw at the London Stadium. Liverpool dropped points for the second game in a row on Monday night after Sadio Mane’s opener was cancelled out by Hammers forward Michail Antonio. The Reds subsequently lost their position as Premier League leaders after defending champions Manchester City beat Everton on Wednesday. Salah, who has scored 19 goals in 33 appearances this term, started Liverpool’s clash with West Ham and swapped his shirt with Brazilian star Anderson at half-time.
The pair could be seen exchanging pleasantries as they returned to the dressing rooms, with both Salah and Anderson donning new shirts for the second half. Players often opt to throw on a new shirt at half-time but swapping with an opponent is a cardinal sin in the eyes of many supporters. Salah failed to make an impact at the London Stadium and was also unable to find the back of the net in Liverpool’s previous 1-1 draw, against Leicester City. Despite dropping points in recent weeks, Liverpool have still lost only one Premier League match this season, amassing 62 points from 25 games. The Reds can move back above Man City on Saturday when Bournemouth travel to Anfield.
After City overtook Liverpool at the top of the table, Pep Guardiola admitted he did not know whether his side would be able to defend the title. Asked about City’s title hopes, Guardiola said: ‘I don’t know how far we will get, maybe we will die in the road, but we are trying. ‘We have played one more game than Liverpool, it’s good to be top but Liverpool has a game at Old Trafford. ‘I don’t think too much about that but four or five days ago we could have been seven points behind, it is a lesson to never give up.’