Mohamed Salah continues to prove that he is perhaps the greatest ‘one-season-wonder’ that has ever graced the Premier League following his latest antics in the capital as Liverpool secured an all-important 2-0 victory against West Ham.
No Mane? No problem. Never let it be said that Salah isn’t paying attention. Despite the jibes and consistent criticism, the Reds’ Egyptian King remains the man for the big occasions.
At Wolverhampton Wanderers last week, the former Roma star was on the end of heaps of critique after squandering numerous chances during the Black Country victory. With the Reds going on to win, no real harm was done that evening.
And still, Salah was the subject of blame and judgment despite a performance that showcased his unwavering ability to frighten opponents scarce to death. After failing to pick the pass of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last Thursday, Salah made no mistake of eluding his teammate a second time.
Fast forward to seven minutes after the break at the London Stadium and once again the Reds were on the break with threatening with their notorious counter-attacking exploits.
Salah was haring away at blistering speed down the inside right channel as Liverpool – similarly, as they did against United – countered from a home corner, Oxlade-Chamberlain busting a gut to provide support in a more central position had left the Hammers defensive unit flailing.
This time, however, Salah spotted the run and executed an audacious pass with the outside of his left boot to curl the ball towards Oxlade-Chamberlain inviting the midfielder to continue his run, hold off the challenge off Hammers debutant Jeremy Ngakia and finish with effortless aplomb.
What a way to cap off a half-century of appearances at the same ground the former Arsenal star scored his inaugural Liverpool goal back in November 2017.
Fittingly it was Salah who indeed also opened the scoring for Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions-elect. The 27-year-old converted from the spot after Divock Origi was hacked down by Issa Diop – Liverpool’s one-trick pony has now scored all nine of his previous penalties for the Reds.
Oh how West Ham must be sick of the sight of Liverpool’s No.11 who now has now been directly involved in seven goals in five appearances against the Hammers, with five goals and two assists.
Salah is now Liverpool’s top-scorer this season with 15 strikes and is well on course for another 20-plus haul.
Every team Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ have faced in the Premier League this season have all been swept swiftly aside. Nineteen played, 19 vanquished – still, just two points dropped since the start of March – and 97 points from a possible 99.
Not even Salah’s detractors could put a dampener on another gargantuan step towards the world and European champions ending 30-years of hurt on Merseyside.