Sometimes these headlines just write themselves.
And when you have a player who scores four goals and creates the other in a 5-0 win .
That player is Mohamed Salah who on Saturday evening inspired Liverpool to comprehensive victory over Watford at Anfield report the Liverpool Echo .
Needless to say, the national media were quick to praise the Egyptian, with Simon Hughes of the Independent leading the plaudits.
“It is worth remembering too Salah did not arrive from Roma last summer as a forward,” he says. “For his recruitment at a fee that now feels like loose change, you have to credit Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director.
“For Salah’s subtle repositioning, you have to credit Jürgen Klopp and commend his vision. For delivering, you can only credit the player, who is currently in the process of redefining expectations on wingers in this country.
“Liverpool have at the very least nine games left to play. If they reach the Champions League final it will be 12.
“From here then at this rate and this state of almost permanent form – at the very least – it would be a surprise if Salah did not reach 40. In doing so, he would become the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1987 to reach the landmark.
“Rush, of course, is Liverpool’s all-time leading goalscorer, though Rush played in Liverpool’s greatest team and this is not quite Liverpool’s greatest team – though a very, very good team nevertheless.”
Joe Bernstein, writing in the Mail on Sunday , also notes the Rush target.
“Salah scored two world-class goals and two poacher’s finishes to dispel any fears that Liverpool might have been distracted by their Champions League quarter-final draw against Manchester City ,” he says.
“Salah’s statistics in his debut season at Anfield are quite astonishing. He has 36 goals, 28 in the Premier League and 15 in his last 13 matches in all competitions. He has not failed to net in a league fixture at Anfield this year and even Ian Rush’s club record of 47 goals cannot be beyond his reach.”
Chris Brereton, scribing for the Observer , highlights just how much of a difference Salah made on the game.
“This is getting ridiculous,” he pens. “In a season containing nearly as many superlative descriptions as goals scored, Mohamed Salah continued to write his own Liverpool destiny with four superb finishes in a personal performance at Anfield that was as complete and as ruthless as anything this famous stadium has seen down the decades.
“Watford will have returned home wondering how they were on the end of such a sobering scoreline. They were by no means a shambles.
“Yet, in sport, ability generally finds a way of shining through and Salah’s class is so clearcut, so emphatic and so enjoyable that he is comfortably the Premier League’s most attractive sight at present.
“The most frightening thing for opposition defences must be how easy Salah is making the game look at the moment. There’s not a hair out of place or a bead of perspiration to be seen – he is currently playing with the childlike ease of the truly talented.”
Finally, David Maddock in the Sunday Mirror points out how Salah is being helped by one team-mate in particular.
“Salah wouldn’t be the goalscorer he is though, with the support of Roberto Firmino ,” he writes.
“The Brazilian took his tally this season to 23, which is the best scoring season of his entire career, beating the 22 he managed at Hoffenheim.
“Even more important though, is the forward’s movement in pulling opposition defences out of shape, and creating the sort of space his strike partner thrives on.
“The first Liverpool goal was a case in point, the Brazilian’s run across the Watford defence taking the back four to their right, while Salah sneaked in on their left, and there was only ever one outcome after that.”
Source : DailyPost