The Reds’ Egyptian King is back on his throne after a terrific performance against Man Utd at Anfield, spelling danger for Man City in the title race
The celebration was a familiar one; a smiling Mohamed Salah showing the Kop his best yoga pose.
Back in the goals, back enjoying himself, back tormenting Manchester United and back, for 24 hours at least, on top of the Premier League.
Not many people love United at the moment – even their own fans are struggling, judging by the way the away end emptied as Liverpool romped to victory – but Salah certainly does. If he could play them every week, then Roger Hunt’s all-time Reds goalscoring record would be under serious threat.
Having scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win at Old Trafford in October, the Egyptian followed up with two more at Anfield, as Liverpool added a 4-0 triumph that was every bit as convincing, every bit as dominant and every bit as humiliating for Ralf Rangnick and a group of players who either do not care or are not good enough, and in some cases both.
And so Salah becomes the first player in Premier League history to score five times against United in a single campaign. He now has 30 in all competitions this season, the third time he has reached that landmark in five seasons at Anfield, and he even found time to add an assist for Luis Diaz for good measure.
So much for a dry spell. Salah’s form has been discussed and debated in recent weeks, but nobody inside the Liverpool dressing room ever doubted him.
“A victim of his own success,” said Trent Alexander-Arnold after last Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City, while Klopp insisted in his pre-match press conference on Monday that Salah’s run of one goal in 10 games was a “completely normal” spell, one the 29-year-old would snap out of before too long.
Spot on, Jurgen. Salah was certainly at it against United, needing just five minutes to put one on a plate for Diaz and then finishing off a brilliant, sweeping move himself to make it 2-0.