Mohamed Salah was criticised for posting a picture of a Christmas tree on social media

Dejan Lovren defends ‘special’ former Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah after the Reds winger received backlash from Muslim fans for posting a photo of a Christmas tree

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  • Mohamed Salah received backlash for posting a photo of a Christmas tree
  • Dejan Lovren has defended his former Liverpool team-mate on social media
  • He has praised Salah for raising awareness of the Middle East conflict 

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Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has thrown his support behind his ex-team-mate Mohamed Salah after he was criticised by Muslim fans for posting a photo of a Christmas tree.

The Egyptian winger, who is a Muslim, posted a photo of the tree in his house on Christmas Day alongside a caption addressing the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Muslims do not traditionally celebrate Christmas but some do partake in the festivities that take place during the Christian holiday. Salah also received backlash for posing for a photo by a Christmas tree with his wife Magi and daughters Makka and Kayan last year.

But Lovren has defended Salah, who he played alongside at Anfield between 2017 and 2020, insisting that the 31-year-old’s decision to raise awareness of the Middle East conflict highlighted what a ‘special’ person he is.

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‘I knew that Mo has a good heart, but putting himself with a post of a Christmas tree in his house, shows how much his heart and mind is open to every one of you dear people,’ Lovren wrote on X.

Mohamed Salah was criticised for posting a picture of a Christmas tree on social media

Mohamed Salah was criticised for posting a picture of a Christmas tree on social media

Salah addressed the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine in his Christmas Day post

Salah addressed the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine in his Christmas Day post

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Salah’s former Liverpool team-mate Dejan Lovren has defended him on social media

‘He is showing love and affection for people who have no families in moments of war and hate.

‘His love and his strength will always make him special, that’s why God blessed him. He knows that he is doing the right thing. So don’t judge him. Instead show the respect. God bless you Mo.’

Salah posted his heartfelt message on Christmas Day morning, urging fans to not forget about the ‘suffering’ in the Middle East as they spent time with their own loved ones.

His full post read: ‘Christmas is a time when families get together and celebrate. With the brutal war going on in the Middle East, especially the death and destruction in Gaza, this year we get to Christmas with very heavy hearts and we share the pain of those families who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. 

Salah (left) and Lovren (right) played alongside each other at Liverpool for three years, winning the Premier League and Champions League

Salah (left) and Lovren (right) played alongside each other at Liverpool for three years, winning the Premier League and Champions League

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‘Please do not forget them and do not get used to their suffering. Merry Christmas.’

Salah and Lovren have remained in contact since the latter left Liverpool to join Zenit St, Petersburg three years ago.

The pair reunited while filming a Pepsi advert back in September.

Lovren now plays for French side Lyon after arriving at the club in January. The Ligue 1 outfit have endured a difficult season thus far, and find themselves down in 15th place, just two points about the relegation play-off spot. 



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