Mo Salah reveals why he changed his boots at halftime during Liverpool’s 4-2 victory over Newcastle United

Mohamed Salah explained why he changed boots at half-time during Liverpool’s 4-2 victory over Newcastle United on New Year’s Day.

The Egyptian forward missed a penalty in the 22nd minute of the match but won the game for the Reds with a superb second-half performance.

Salah broke the deadlock in the 49th minute, tapping Darwin Nunez’s pass into an unguarded net from close range. Alexander Isak then equalized shortly afterward, against the run of play, following a moment of individual brilliance from winger Anthony Gordon.

However, two goals in four minutes from Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo effectively wrapped up the three points for Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield. Sven Botman made it 3-2 in the 81st minute but Salah restored Liverpool’s two-goal advantage before full-time from the penalty spot.

Salah’s brace means he now sits level with Manchester City’s Erling Haaland on 14 Premier League goals this term. Eagled-eyed fans noticed that the 31-year-old – who now has 153 Premier League goals to his name, making him the competition’s 10th-highest scorer of all time – changed his boots during the half-time interval.

Why Salah change his boots at half-time

Liverpool star explained his decision to Jamie Carragher

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said to Salah: “Mo, I noticed at half-time you changed your boots”. Salah replied: “Yes, I did. The other ones [boots] I missed the pen with, I just trained with yesterday.

“It’s not superstitious because I play with many boots. But when I feel it’s going to play with my head – okay, out, change the boots!”

Carragher joked: “So, he never missed a penalty, it was the boots’ fault!”. Salah responded: “No, not really, but I don’t like to go in the second half of this game thinking, ‘I didn’t score with this.’ So I just changed, made my mind calm and focused on the game.” Watch the interview below:

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