Mohamed Salah bagged a brace for Egypt on Monday. The Egyptian matched his Liverpool teammate, Diogo Jota.
Egypt won 4-0 over Comoros on Monday in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game, with Mohamed Salah scoring twice.
They weren’t particularly difficult goals, admittedly. Both came from quick counters, with Salah collecting passes centrally with lots of space. The two finishes were sharp, though.
It’s Salah’s first brace since the 3-1 win at West Ham United on January 31st – hopefully, a sign that he’s in a bit of form. And it comes hot on the heels of another star international performance.
Diogo Jota scored twice for Portugal at the weekend in a 2-2 draw with Serbia. Both were headers, funnily enough, as the forward continues his solid form.
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This is all pretty wonderful, really. If we can just have a brace from Sadio Mane tomorrow, things will look very positive.
The Reds have struggled for goals in 2021, after all. They’ve got just one at Anfield all year and that was a penalty against Manchester City. They lost that game 4-1, of course.
They’re in desperate need of consistent scorers, then. Jota has shown a little form since his return from injury, assisting for Salah against RB Leipzig and then bagging the winner against Wolves.
And while Liverpool haven’t scored as many as they should have, Salah has. The £34m man has nine in Red since the turn of the year – 11, now, with his international brace.
The hope, then, is that both Jota and Salah carry this form over to Liverpool post-international break. It would immediately improve the team – to say the least – and taken pressure off the defence.
So we’re going to start getting a little excited. With Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak playing well, Fabinho back in midfield, and two forwards scoring goal, Liverpool appear to be in a good position.