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Musa Okwonga’s ‘Ode To Mo’ poem celebrated all that Liverpool LFC player Mo Salah has come to represent as he was about to play in the biggest game in European Club football in front of a global audience of billions having just received the coveted Golden Boot Award.  

With that in mind RRU commissioned street artist Guy McKinley to create a new 6 metre by 3 metre street painting of Mo alongside lines from Musa Okwonga’s poem on a busy city centre shopping street.

Working to a very tight deadline and during a torrential downpour Guy worked freehand using Arabic influences to illustrate the hoarding around the text. The mural instantly became a ‘selfie’ favourite and will remain so for the rest of the year.

“Ode to Mo (The Golden Smile of the Nile)” by Musa Okwonga 

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

The Muslim Maestro! – Cairo’s Hero! –

The Golden Smile of the Nile!

The World’s Swiftest Egyptian

(Blink, you’ll miss him).

His scoring rate is one a game,

So once a match

Anfield becomes his prayer mat.

Of course he and this city go hand in hand –

They love a frontman of an all-action band –

Thus this Afro-haired angel is Top of the Docks.

He has three superhuman abilities:

Speed. Finishing. Humility.

The players’ choice,

The people’s choice,

He brings us together with his grin.

Mohamed Salah: in the Scousers’ crown,

He is the shining crystal

And the only force that can stop him

Is the final whistle.

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