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What does "of" mean in this context? Can I subtstitue it for "from?"

Mo Salah of Liverpool made a loose pass, allowing Mbappe to link with Messi scoring and equalising goal.

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  • Yes, Salah is from Liverpool now, but of is more general here = connected to Liverpool. From could be taken literally to mean originally born there, while of means associated with that locale more loosely. Dec 26, 2023 at 13:53
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    @YosefBaskin: this isn't about the place but the team.
    – Colin Fine
    Dec 26, 2023 at 14:03
  • @YosefBaskin So there is no difference betwewn of and from in this context, isn't there? I can say "Salah from Liverpool made a loose pas..."
    – Nyambek
    Dec 26, 2023 at 14:03

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Here "of Liverpool" means "belonging to the Liverpool team". You could substitute "from", but it would be less idiomatic.

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  • Can you explain why "from" is less idiomatic in that sentence?
    – Nyambek
    Dec 26, 2023 at 14:07
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    @Nyambek - 'from' is less idiomatic because we normally use 'from a place' to say that someone is a native of that place. Also sports journalism has conventions and one of them that you write e.g. 'Jones of Manchester City' in a story about a match. Not 'from'. Dec 26, 2023 at 14:18
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I agree that of Liverpool means that Salah is on the Liverpool team. You could also say:

Liverpool's Mo Salah made a loose pass...

I disagree that from is a permissible substitution. To me, from pertains to Mo Salah, not to the team. It says that Mo Salah lives/was born in Liverpool, not that he's on the Liverpool team.

Also, the rest of your sentence doesn't really make any sense, FYI.

... allowing Mbappe to link with Messi scoring and equalising goal.

Maybe something like:

... allowing Mbappe to pass to Messi, who scored and tied the game.

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