Mohamed Salah simply won’t have a better chance to silence the doubters than against Manchester City on Sunday.
Liverpool face their title rivals in what is likely to be the biggest game of the season. The Reds are six points clear of City – a win would be a deciding factor in the title race.
But for once, the focus isn’t on Salah, as proven by City boss Pep Guardiola appearing to highlight Sadio Mane last weekend.
There’s a good reason for that, too. Salah hasn’t been in his best form, only scoring two goals from open play in the Premier League. He’s also rarely been decisive in games, unlike Mane.
But those doubters can easily be silenced on Sunday. In fact, there is no better game to do it in. There’s the idea that the game may well be suited to Salah, for one.
More importantly, however, this is the game that, above all, you stake your claim to being the main man.
It will be a tight one – the games were last season, as well as the Community Shield meeting in August. It will likely need a moment of magic from someone, a bit of individual brilliance rather than a grinding down from the Liverpool machine.
And if Salah were to be the one to win this and send Liverpool on their way to the Premier League title, it wouldn’t matter if he didn’t score again this season.
This is the game to make yourself a hero, to stamp your authority as the main man. This is Salah’s greatest chance to remind everyone that he’s just that.