Omar Gaber and Mohamed Salah with Egypt’s jersey – Courtesy of Omar Gaber’s official Instagram account
CAIRO – 20 April 2018: Los Angeles FC’s Egyptian player, Omar Gaber, praised his Egyptian teammate and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, calling him “his brother”.
Gaber and Salah were teammates on the Egyptian youth team in 2011; they participated in the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Colombia.
"For sure, he's a great player, but maybe for most people, who know him as a person, know he's a great person as well; he's so humble, he's so kind. I like him so much. He's my brother," Gaber told ESPN.
Salah won football fans’ hearts this season by joining Liverpool last summer, topping the Premier League’s top scorers list with 30 goals, and being second in Europe’s top goal scorers’ list with 40 goals in all competitions.
"[Salah] is on fire now," Gaber said, adding, "I hope that he will continue like this and will be the best player in the world."
Gaber was one of the Egyptian warriors who helped Egypt qualify to the 2018 World Cup for the first time since 1990.
"For the Egyptian people, it's a great feeling that we qualified after 28 years. I hope I will be with them," he said.
Gaber suffered an injury in Egypt’s friendly match against Greece, but he managed to come back and made his debut with Los Angeles last week.
Omar Gaber joined Los Angeles FC last November, coming from FC Basel in Switzerland.
"If anyone represents his national team, it's a point of pride," Gaber said. "I will fight in the training and the next games to be with the national team in Russia."
Egypt is set to play its third World Cup next summer in a tricky group alongside Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and the hosts, Russia.
The Pharaohs start their journey against Uruguay on June 15.