With the primary objective in football being the art of goalscoring, few have developed the same effortless and devestating exploits as Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool Football Club has bared witness to some iconic strikes during its illustrious 127-year history. They all count but some live longer in the Anfield folklore than others and Salah is someone who will need his own personal montage once he decides to call it a day on his Red tenure.
There is a developing term in the game known as footballing ‘limbs’ where a specific goal has the ability to send a stadium into unbridled chaos. Ironically, in football, the best goals are the ones that feel like a lifetime before they actually hit the net.
For some profound reason, supporters specifically remember the moments that turn fans into impatient juveniles waiting to see that net bulge before they can throw themselves 10 rows down into section A of the stadium.
An example of this suspended chaos took place at precisely twenty-past six under the Anfield lights on a tantalisingly tense Sunday evening. Alisson Becker had just spotted the run of Salah sending the ball to his Egyptian colleague before the Reds forward jockeyed his way towards the Kop with speedster Daniel James rapidly hunting him down.
Salah wasn’t phased by the imminent threat and tucked the ball underneath a hapless David de Gea before 12,000 members of the Kop were sent into spine-tingling raptures. It was a goal that saw stranger embrace stranger, groups of mates sent sprawling five rows forwards and plastic chairs broken by the hundreds.
As the Egyptian King ripped off his shirt and unleashed his quite ridiculously toned frame that redefined the meaning of the word athlete, there was a familiar sense of deja vu that followed with this familiar sense of bedlam.
The former Roma man inspired a similar volcano of adrenaline during Liverpool’s quarter-final victory over Manchester City in the Champions League back in 2018. After dinking Ederson with a perfectly executed chip Salah stood in front of the away section of the Etihad with his arms aloft as thousands of travelling Kopites engulfed in unprecedented ecstasy.
He couldn’t help himself in the next round either after bending a sumptuous effort from 25-yards to beat Alisson – then of Roma – to crash off the underside of the bar. As Anfield became a madhouse, the Reds’ No.11 calmly and collectively held his arms in the air as a sign of respect for his former team.
Salah has developed his own unique act of delivering on the big occasions whilst producing moments that will last a lifetime in the memories of supporters. If there was an ability to send grown men into the kind of mayhem that makes you question the very existence you live in, Mohamed Salah would certainly take the gold.