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Mo Salah was destroyed by Africa Cup Of Nations final referee Victor Gomes when he offered to let the Liverpool star take charge of the game.
Salah was beaten by club colleague Sadio Mane and Senegal, who won their first AFCON title thanks to a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory.
Mane, having had a penalty saved early on, redeemed himself by scoring the winner from the spot in the shoot-out in Cameroon.
It was a frustrating night for Salah and he was overcome with emotion at the final whistle, with Mane consoling him in a touching moment.
And in the first half, Salah was rinsed by the match official when he was complaining over a decision.
Salah protested a yellow card for one of his teammates but Gomes was not having it whatsoever.
The referee asked Salah if he wants to officiate the game 😂 I love AFCON pic.twitter.com/LSG6xjqqlL— Bambino (@_CrissoN) February 6, 2022
The South African sarcastically got his yellow cards and whistle out and went to hand them over to Salah, asking "Do you want to referee?".
Gomes : u want to be a referee?— Josef Tjikeu Ekuva ⛏️⛏️ (@JTjikeu) February 6, 2022
Salah : yes 🤠🤠🤠🤠 pic.twitter.com/Y5nk4Ux0Nl
The referee just asked Mo Salah if he would like to officiate the game. I'll miss this competition— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) February 6, 2022
Taking no messing about, Gomes was not bothered who Salah was in the slightest and told him exactly where to go.
In the previous round, Salah also had another fiery exchange with a referee as he again gave him a piece of his mind.
But officials in the AFCON are not like anything in the Premier League and the man in the middle went in on the former Chelsea forward.
Salah thought he was arguing with Prem Referees 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/NnhX6V3mQg— Si Mohamed (@CasaVoyager) February 3, 2022
Salah won't have too much time to dwell on the gutting loss, while Mane will also not be afforded a rest following on from the tournament.
Both are set to return to Liverpool immediately after spending the last month away in Cameroon.
“These two boys are real warriors,” manager Jurgen Klopp said in a press conference.
“They are constantly ready. They are both not worried about holidays or days off. I never heard them ask about it, so especially with these two, it is really simple. I know they want to play immediately but together with them we have to find out how much sense it makes.
"You can imagine both want to play against Leicester, both want to be involved, score goals and win football games for Liverpool.”
Liverpool play Leicester City on Thursday at Anfield and so it could be a quick turnaround for the pair.