Mohamed Salah stole the show against Norwich on Saturday. One moment, in particular, earned praise from pundits.
Two assists and a goal – Mohamed Salah tore Norwich to shreds. He created for teammates twice to put Liverpool 2-0 up before getting one himself.
And what a goal it was. Salah waited unmarked on the edge of Norwich’s box as Trent Alexander-Arnold took a corner.
As the ball was cleared to him, he controlled it perfectly with one touch before firing past Tim Krul. It was a brilliant moment and one that wowed Michael Owen and Tim Sherwood.
Salah catches the eye vs Norwich
“His touch – I’ve seen him do it a few times now – where you think ‘wow, how has he done that?'” Owen told Premier League Productions. “He’s dragging it from an impossible position.
“As he moves it across, it’s got so much backspin you thin it’s going away and it just checks back into his zone.
“Messi-esque, that,” added Sherwood. “Lionel Messi does that and we’re shouting about it from the rooftops. That touch is unbelievable – he knows that’s spinning back to him.”
It was a magnificent touch from Salah. He doesn’t just bring the ball down but spins it in place in order to hit it quickly.
Now, we’d be inclined to think it was a bit of a fluke if we’re being honest. But Owen and Sherwood are convinced Salah has done that on purpose.
He effectively takes every defender out of the game with it, which is quite mad, given the pace on the ball.
And that was really just one moment in a sensational display from Salah. He was the best player on the pitch by some way and that’s not to talk down anyone else – the Egyptian was just that good.
Hopefully, a sign of things to come.