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Mohamed Salah is back on social media just days after quitting

The Liverpool star revealed the reason for his online absence

Mohamed Salah's absence from social media lasted just a few days. Action Images via Reuters
Mohamed Salah's absence from social media lasted just a few days. Action Images via Reuters

When Mohamed Salah shut down his social media accounts last week, it left his millions of followers wondering what was up.

He spent the week in Dubai at a warm-weather training camp with his Liverpool teammates while they enjoyed a break in the football season's calendar.

He did, however, release a mysterious tweet before his Twitter and Instagram accounts were deactivated, writing: "2019 resolution: Time to get in touch, for real."

So, how come he's back?

Well, it doesn't appear to be connected to that previous tweet and is actually for a different reason ... an advert with delivery company DHL.

The Egyptian branch of the international company had earlier posted (no pun intended) a short video message on its Instagram page saying: "We’ve reached Mo Salah and we can connect you to him!"

This was then followed by Salah returning to the social media fold with an image of himself opening a DHL box.

"Welcome back Mo Salah. Now it's time to connect," wrote DHL Express Egypt in response to his return.

His fans were, of course, in raptures on social media, saying his return had been a "special delivery".

Is that all he's been up to?

No, Salah has been creating a stir for other reasons in recent weeks. The striker has been accused of diving in the English Premier League and has been criticised for his alleged attempts to gain an unfair advantage.

His teammates and manager, Jurgen Klopp, have stuck up for him, but the player himself has kept tight-lipped on the matter.

He has however, kept scoring regularly, bringing to 50 his number of Premier League goals for the club last weekend to help keep Liverpool at the top of the table above Manchester City.

He wasn't the only one absent online while in Dubai...

The whole Liverpool squad was silent. It is unusual for a club of that magnitude to go under the radar while travelling to a foreign country, but they somehow managed it – with the help of what appeared to be a social media ban on the players.

It wasn't until yesterday that the first official image appeared – and that came courtesy of the Dubai Sports Council, which posted an image on Twitter of the squad with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai.

This was all in stark contrast to Manchester United who were also in Dubai for a training camp recently, and posted regularly through official channels as the players documented their trip on social media.

Liverpool are now back in England and Salah has been delivered back to work.

Updated: January 27, 2019 04:32 PM