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Egypt banking on Salah's Liverpool form at World Cup

AFP  |  Cairo 

is hoping star striker Mohamed can transfer the stellar form he's shown for this season to the national side at in

Salah, the and African of the year, became a national hero over the leading role he played in helping qualify for their first finals in 28 years.

"We hope that he will exploit the progress he's made as a striker at Liverpool," said Cuper on Monday.

On Sunday, set a new single-season scoring record after notching his 32nd goal of the season for Liverpool, surpassing the old mark of 31 goals he had shared with Alan Shearer, and

Prudent and reserved as ever, Cuper refrained from making any predictions for 'The Pharaohs'.

The competition will be "tough", he said of Egypt's Group A rivals Russia, and

"But we have hope," he added. "We're optimistic."

will play away to on May 25, tackle in on June 1 and then travel to on June 6 in three World Cup warm-up matches before travelling to Egypt lost to (2-1) and (1-0) in their last two friendlies.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 22:55 IST