There’s simply no stopping Mohamed Salah this season.
When Liverpool spent a club-record £37 million on the Egyptian in the summer, not everyone was convinced. After all, it was only a few years ago that he was struggling in the Premier League with Chelsea.
But 36 goals later and everyone is talking about the superstar.
His four-goal haul against Watford at Anfield on Saturday evening even had people comparing him to the legendary Lionel Messi.
You do have to feel sorry for any defenders facing Salah right now.
For his opening goal, the former Roma player humiliated Miguel Britos by putting him on his backside before finishing.
But it’s not just opposition defenders that have to deal with Salah. Spare a thought for the Liverpool defenders that have to try and play against him every day in training.
SALAH TERRORISES LIVERPOOL TEAMMATES
While we rarely see the carnage Salah is causing in training behind-closed-doors, we got a glimpse of what he’s capable of in the warm-up before the clash against Watford.
And he certainly wasn’t taking it easy.
He literally took the mickey out of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson not once but twice with filthy dribbling skills. Despite the close space, they simply couldn’t get the ball off of him.
Take a look - it occurs at 3:40 in the video:
You’ve got to feel for them.
When Salah arrived in the summer, it wasn’t obvious where he would fit into Jurgen Klopp’s system.
Would he play on the right-wing and take Mane’s position - arguably Liverpool’s best player last season?
Would he play more central to take Firmino’s position?
Or would he play on the left-wing - not his most natural position.
KLOPP ON SALAH'S POSITION
But with Klopp establishing a very fluid front three with Firmino and Mane, it has allowed Salah to operate from the right but come inside often.
“He [Salah] played more on the wing in Rome for example where he had a very dominant striker in [Edin] Dzeko. Nobody could know [that he could play as a striker]. We learnt it step by step. Without consistency, we couldn’t know for certain but in the pre-season, we knew," Klopp said.
“You need to learn as a team, ‘Where is he?’ because there isn’t always time for searching. I don’t know exactly how many goals he [Salah] has scored but obviously a few, so it’s normal that you talk about that. He’s not only a striker, and whatever only a striker is; only a finisher. It’s not like he is not involved in anything else. He’s a very interesting package.”
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