While the unity of Liverpool’s forward line in particular has come into question in some tabloids, this could not be further from the truth.
Underpinning their excellent form is a strong team spirit, and the characters within the squad are as crucial between games as they are during them.
Salah, who was strangely criticised for ignoring a well-known ‘fan’ while sitting in traffic in August, highlighted this with a brilliant gesture to young supporter Lewis Dunlop on Saturday:
@MoSalah I cannot thank you enough mo.. Brought my lad to tears (and me)…. These are moments in life that hold more value than i can explain.. A day my son Lewis will never forget @LFC pic.twitter.com/8h1h8z0ens
— Wayne dunlop (@BiggyAL1981) September 22, 2018
After the Egyptian’s goal helped the Reds onto another three points, Salah left Lewis in tears of joy as he handed him his shirt.
“These are moments in life that hold more value than I can explain,” his father, Wayne, wrote on Twitter. “A day my son Lewis will never forget.”
Though a simple gesture for a footballer, it is one that, as Wayne attested, can be so meaningful for fans, telling Jamie Carragher that Lewis is now planning to send Salah a thank you letter.
Supporters can show their devotion in other ways, too, with a new phenomenon on Instagram being player-dedicated pages, documenting their best moments.
For Wijnaldum, the most high-profile fan account is @gwijnaldum1, which boasts over 13,000 followers and is run by another young Red.
Remarkably, organised by one of Wijnaldum’s associates, the midfielder made the trip up to Newcastle after the game on Saturday to pay him a visit:
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Wow Wow Wow! Reds I can’t actually put into words how happy I am of what happened last night! So I got a phone call of @dkb___ telling me he’s coming into Newcastle with @gwijnaldum to meet me. Reds!!!! My dream has came true, I can’t thank you enough Gini traveling all this way to meet me? I love you so much, you were such a lovely person to speak to and I hope to see you again very soon! How amazing?
“My dream has came true, I can’t thank you enough Gini traveling all this way to meet me,” the youngster wrote.
“I love you so much, you were such a lovely person to speak to and I hope to see you again very soon! How amazing.”
Going out of his way to surprise a supporter, particularly after a game in which he started and played 70 minutes, is a big indication of Wijnaldum’s quality as a person.
Both he and Salah clearly recognise the importance of the club’s fans, with this unity no doubt crucial to Liverpool’s ambitions of challenging for the title this season.