Mohamed Salah may have struggled to replicate last season’s remarkable form during the opening weeks of the current campaign, but he’s now looking much like his usual self.
The Egyptian forward was unable to score goals for Liverpool consistently during August and September; however, he’s rediscovered his shooting boots since returning from the recent international break.
Salah scored the only goal against Huddersfield Town last weekend and then netted a brace against Red Star Belgrade in midweek.
The 26-year-old then made it 51 goals in 66 games for the Reds by breaking the deadlock against Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Salah capitalised on some poor defending from the visitors, sticking the ball into the net from close range at the back post in the ninth minute.
This was Salah’s fifth goal in his last four appearances in all competitions for club and country.
His goalscoring run started against Swaziland earlier this month, when he managed to score directly from a corner.
There’s actually a name for this extremely rare type of goal: an Olimpico.
Very few players ever manage to execute an Olimpico - and if they do, it’s usually by accident.
Scoring directly from a corner isn’t a tactic that managers encourage their players to try. More often than not, it’s a complete waste of an opportunity to get the ball into the box.
However, Neil Jones of Goal.com, who was at Anfield for Liverpool’s clash against Cardiff, noticed that Salah was clearly still attempting to score directly from corners.
One such example occurred in the sixth minute, when Salah appeared to spurn the chance to pick out Virgil van Dijk or Dejan Lovren in favour of trying to score another Olimpico.
Needless to say, it didn’t pay off.
Seeing Salah attempt to score instead of putting the ball into the box - if, indeed, that’s what he was trying to do - must have annoyed his teammates.
It’s selfish. Simple as that.
Liverpool fans who watched the game were also critical of Salah’s corners in general.
Here are just a selection of tweets posted on social media on Saturday afternoon…
It might be time for Jurgen Klopp to get someone else on corners.
That said, Salah was still very impressive against the Bluebirds, scoring one goal and setting up two more as Liverpool recorded an emphatic 4-1 victory.
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