Whether or not he truly went away is a debate for another day. But our Mo is as potent as ever and showing his quality every game.
On the contrary to most Reds, I felt Liverpool played well first half, this man in particular. He’s just always so dangerous. The defence can never rest. Ben Foster, who had a terrific first half by the way, went in at the break feeling like he’d run a marathon. Obviously there was the 5 minute flurry beginning with our first shot on target in the 40th minute that was quickly followed by two more, but even beforehand those short, sharp sprints to prevent Salah and others from latching onto the final ball really wore out the Watford keeper.
He knew what to expect and he’d clearly been working on it all week, impressively so. But everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the face, and those quick jabs were finally followed up by the knockout blow in the 67th minute, leaving Foster out for the count.
He’s imperious, the Egyptian King. When he’s on it, he’s still in the top bracket of footballers on this planet. When he’s not, he can still pop up with match defining moments as you can’t keep him out for 90 minutes. He always gets a chance. Every game, he has at least one great chance of beating the keeper because of his pace, awareness and skill. He’s 2nd only behind Aguero in terms of shots per game this season with an average of 3.8 shots per game. Despite our new formation with Firmino playing deeper than the Titanic and talk of our team yet to “click”, opposition sides still cannot stop this man from getting chances.
It was only a matter of time before he started taking them again and that time has come. The Egyptian King is back on his throne and all this talk of one season wonders has quickly been put to bed.
From England’s capital to France’s next. Salah and Liverpool’s aim is to conquer all of Europe yet again.
And they’re never gonna stop.