Tom Cunningham (@TomCunningham75)
Before we get into just how good Mohamed Salah is, I think it’s important to wish 18-year-old Harvey Elliott a speedy recovery. He had an incredible start to the season, and looked a permanent fixture in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
A long-term injury is never ideal, but, we know he’ll bounce back stronger than ever, such is his character at such a young age. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Harvey!
Now, onto Salah; onto the newest member of the Premier League’s 100 club; onto our Egyptian King, constantly sending reminders of his quality. In a league now taken up by Ronaldo’s popularity, fame, and success, plus the return of a certain Romelu Lukaku, one man still continues to shine. And that is Salah. No matter who approaches his throne, he fails to be displaced.
With all of the new stars in the Premier League, Salah has been looked past slightly, and don’t be shocked if that’s the case at the end of the season. Looking at the Premier League 100 club, Salah may just be the must underrated player within it; his stats do the talking, as do his records and constant rise to prove any doubters wrong.
Some fans took one glance at Ronaldo ‘suuuing’ Manchester United to victory, and acted with concern. Rightfully so, too, in a way. Ronaldo is…well, Cristiano Ronaldo – one of the greatest players to ever grace the game. But that’s not to say that Liverpool don’t have players of a similar calibre.
Whilst the cameras have been transfixed on the former Real Madrid man, Salah has snuck into the same 100 club, in which he stands. Whilst Lukaku struggled at Anfield, Salah stole the headlines to equalise for Liverpool from the spot. So, yes, others have strengthened, with some truly brilliant players, but it is worth remembering that Salah does not sit below them, he stands right alongside or, dare I say, above them, crown in one hand, two Golden Boots in the other.
Heading into the game at Elland Road, the negativity surrounding this current Liverpool side was almost – who won the Premier League title in 2020, by the way- was almost overwhelming. 90 minutes later, however, and Thiago Alcantara has waved his magic hat to dispel any doubts; Joel Matip has turned into prime Andreas Iniesta, Fabinho has once again racked up seemingly impossible numbers, and Mo has reached another landmark. The fact is, for all the praise that the Chelsea’s, United’s and Manchester City’s have received, Liverpool are level on points with two of those sides, and ahead of the Premier League champions.
The performance had everything that last season lacked. It had control, ruthlessness – Sadio Mane’s countless attempts before the goal aside – it was dominant.
The Reds never looked like losing, where last season there always seemed a chance. And that was always going to be the case with the return of the title winning side.
Was a win in such fashion needed? Perhaps it was, but only in the eyes of those panicking, and not the now miraculously recovered eyes of Jurgen Klopp, who sees a side more than capable of silverware, led by a modern-day Liverpool legend.
Tom Cunningham (@TomCunningham75)
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