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  • And the loser...

  • LAUGHTER

  • - Did you lose? - I did.

  • - 2-1? - Yeah.

  • And it was 18-3, so now, 19-5.

  • You play until you win, that's the problem.

  • Ah, stop crying, you lost.

  • That's the rules.

  • Pre-season I think.

  • Even before, I think.

  • Who won there? Who won there?

  • Every day battle...

  • No, the question - who won there?

  • Can I just tell my story? Seven, eight-day battle,

  • but altogether, he was the better player.

  • He is the type of guy, what I am doing on the pitch - defending.

  • He's attacking. He's attacking all the time, on each point,

  • if you keep playing and playing with him he gets nervous and he loses.

  • I think it means a lot. This means more than the Ballon d'Or, I think.

  • So...

  • - Yeah, it means a lot. - It will have a special place in my house.

  • 'Welcome to the LFC Table Tennis Challenge,

  • 'we have the Egyptian King, Mohamed Salah,

  • 'versus his good friend and World Cup finalist Dejan Lovren.

  • 'It's the best of three sets, the first to 11 points,

  • 'and you have to win by two clear points.'

  • 2-0.

  • 'And a big start here for Liverpool's No. 6.'

  • 2-1.

  • 'But Mo getting back into it.'

  • 3-1.

  • 'Previous winners of this competition of course include our managerrgen Klopp,

  • 'so let's see what these two have on the table.'

  • Oh, my goodness.

  • 'Dejan Lovren going for a smash, just missing it.'

  • The ball is heavy?

  • 'He couldn't believe that one.'

  • Sorry.

  • Ah, unbelievable, eh?

  • You always win the first one, so it's fine. 4-3.

  • 'And this really is as competitive, by the way, as it gets.

  • 'Between two winners.'

  • HE GROANS

  • - 4-4? - Yeah.

  • 'Very close opening set here, the best of three.'

  • Do we have any ballboys here?

  • 'Of course they're great friends, these two.

  • 'Oh, and Dejan Lovren edges two ahead here.'

  • Sorry. 7-4.

  • 'It is a big lead so far in this opening set for Lovren.

  • 'But he's let Mo back in it.

  • 'You never write off the Egyptian King.'

  • What is wrong with the ball?!

  • Yeah. Change the ball?

  • 'Dejan Lovren feeling there's a lead weight or something in that ball.

  • 'He's gone for a smash, but Mo defends it well.

  • 'Big finish - oh!'

  • I love this camera, this angle of the camera.

  • 'Dejan Lovren is close here in this opening set.

  • 'And he's getting closer.

  • 'It is set point for Dejan Lovren.

  • 'Look at him poised.

  • 'Can Mo stay in it?

  • 'No, he can't.

  • 'And it's too long from the Egyptian King,

  • 'and it's the first set to Dejan Lovren!'

  • Want to change?

  • - Do we change or do we stay? - I'm fine.

  • - OK. - I start.

  • 1-0.

  • 'So the boys are not going to change ends here,

  • 'and it's a good start by Liverpool's No. 11.

  • 'Mo Salah signalling his intent that this Table Tennis Challenge

  • 'is far from over.

  • 'Frustration for Dejan Lovren so far.

  • 'Great shot though from Liverpool's No. 6.'

  • 4-1.

  • Did you ever see this technique? Unbelievable.

  • 'That is unbelievable, I can't think of a better word, Dejan.

  • 'Magnificent shot from Mo Salah.'

  • Sorry.

  • 'Just like the shots he does against the best goalkeepers and defenders in the world.

  • 'And Mo Salah is flying in this second set.

  • 'Or is he? Dejan Lovren senses an opening.

  • 'Mo Salah, to stay in this challenge, has to win this set...

  • 'to square it at 1-1, can he do it?

  • 'Some nice rallies here, showing some lovely technique.'

  • Did he touch?

  • '7-4 to Mohamed Salah here at Melwood.

  • 'Dejan Lovren refuses to budge.

  • 'Mo Salah is getting close here.

  • 'Powerful drive from Dejan Lovren, that one.

  • 'Oh, 9-7, Mo Salah two points away from levelling the set.'

  • So it's out. 9-8.

  • Yes!

  • I'm not saying sorry!

  • CHUCKLING: Brilliant from Lovren.

  • - Can you say sorry? - No.

  • - I don't have to. - You cannot say sorry for this?

  • - I don't have to. - You don't have to.

  • OK, now we start playing serious.

  • 'I told you this is competitive, folks, didn't I?

  • 'Set point for Mohamed Salah here.'

  • Yes, come on.

  • 'Lovren refuses to let him have it.

  • 'Can Mo win this point though?

  • 'Yes, he can.

  • 'Can Mo Salah hold his nerve here?'

  • 1-1.

  • 'And the Egyptian King levels it up.

  • 'And isn't he happy about that?'

  • Shall we do 21?

  • - 21? - 21.

  • - I start? - Yeah, you start.

  • 'So, in a twist to the game, both players have agreed to increase the points needed to win

  • 'in the deciding set to 21.

  • 'We rejoin the game with Dejan Lovren leading 15-10.'

  • Did it touch?! Two times.

  • - No? - Just get the ball.

  • Ref! Where is the ref here?

  • There is three cameras.

  • It bounced, I will see it in slow motion later.

  • 'There is a dispute. Quite clearly Mo Salah played a nice shot there.'

  • Hey, that was...

  • What?! No, no, no!

  • Yeah, but the ball was here.

  • - Please, ref... - Does it count?

  • Does it count, really?

  • But the ball...

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, but it comes from here to there.

  • What are you doing? W-what are you doing?

  • I don't really know the rules, but the ball came to here, then there.

  • - Please, go take a book, read the rules. - I don't know, I don't have to.

  • It's out or again.

  • The rules are, if it pops, touched, and comes back to here...

  • No, no, really, it's counting for him or it's inside?

  • We can do it again.

  • We do it again?!

  • Yeah, because it was easy for me to shoot it.

  • Why... Shoot, score, then point, and then you talk.

  • Honestly, it was difficult or not - it was easy.

  • - Now you're taking my point, it's OK. - No, I'm not taking the point.

  • Let's go again, OK, no problem.

  • 'I told you it's competitive! After all that they're replaying the point,

  • 'with Dejan Lovren six points away from victory.

  • 'Nice by Mo Salah.

  • 'Lovren aiming for powerful drives, and he's getting closer, Liverpool's No. 6.

  • 'What a rally this is, can Mo finish it off?

  • 'Oh!'

  • You post!

  • 'Off the outside of the post, Dejan Lovren curses that one.

  • 'A couple of rasping drives from the Egyptian King.

  • 'Oh, into the net. Mo Salah getting frustrated.

  • 'Of course Mo was saying to Dejan Lovren he is the better table tennis player

  • 'coming into this one.'

  • What I'm doing, what I'm doing this?

  • What am I doing?

  • 'Two points in this one, it's getting tense as we near the end.'

  • Yes!

  • 'Big point for Dejan Lovren.

  • 'Three away from victory.

  • 'Remember, in each set you have to win by two clear points.

  • 'Neck and neck, this one, this is some rally.

  • 'Powerful drives! Somehow Mo's kept that in play.'

  • YES!

  • 'Oh, he's hit the net!

  • 'Unbelievable!

  • 'Dejan Lovren can't believe it, just watch this.

  • 'He's gone for the spectacular finish.

  • 'Ohh, deary me.

  • 'Can Lovren regain his composure? Yes, he can.

  • 'Two points away from victory.'

  • Oh, my goodness.

  • 'Missed it, just.'

  • Yes!

  • 'Match point, Dejan Lovren.