Mohamed Salah has his mojo back: the Liverpool hero peaks at the perfect moment after the mid-season dip
There is a running joke with Mohamed Salah after every home match in Liverpool with requests for interviews.
He only stopped once to speak with the written media in his first season in Anfield and made a promise after he had achieved 40 goals.
This season, the uniform response to requests for a few minutes of his time was a mischievous smile and an answer from: & # 39; When I get to 40! & # 39;
Mohamed Salah (left) scored a breathtaking goal when Liverpool defeated his former club 2-0
Salah & # 39; s 30-yard strike gave Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga no chance for Anfield on Sunday
Liverpool star Salah headed his ears after scoring against Chelsea in the Premier League
Breaking the 40 barrier was magical but was also a problem. Those standards would always be impossible to enforce, but some expected more from the same.
It would not be wrong to suggest that he sometimes tried too hard this season to meet expectations.
On some days it led him to the periphery; others led him to make wrong decisions on the ball. Playing at Old Trafford, Goodison Park and Craven Cottage comes to mind when it seemed as if Salah was having trouble with himself.
No longer. Salah plays again with liberation and certainty and the turning point that led to the blockbuster that just broke in Chelsea & # 39; s came in the last minute of a remarkable afternoon against Tottenham.
That match had gone just as much as since his last goal on February 9 against Bournemouth. He hovered around, ran into a dead end, failed to play twice in Sadio Mane, and panicked his Senegalese colleague.
When Liverpool's title dream seemed to flick at 1-1 in the 90th minute, Salah led a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold back to the six-yard yard, Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld got in a mess and the landscape changed.
Although it was not his goal, Salah left the field that day for a thunderous ovation instead of a respectful applause. It is clear that his tail is up – a player with a lack of confidence and a lack of clarity of thought would not have delivered the moments he had afterwards against Southampton and Chelsea.
Salah had been scoreless on an 8-game point before assisting a lucky winner against Spurs
You will now have seen countless repetitions of the 30-yard ride past Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the importance of Salah coming up in such a moment cannot be watered down when the season comes to an end.
The Liverpool players were perhaps more interested in how Tiger Woods came out on Augusta than dancing on Salah with praise when they returned to the locker room on Sunday, but they know he's back in the groove – and what that could mean for the team.
& # 39; It was incredible & # 39 ;, said Andy Robertson, back left. & # 39; He cut inside and he imagined his chances. As soon as he hit it, everyone knew it was in it.
& # 39; A few things went on during the midweek and that was the perfect way to silence them. The place went wild. Fair game against Mo. & # 39;
The & # 39; bit of stuff & # 39; was of course the grotesque video of Chelsea fans who racistically abused him in a Prague bar on Thursday and the goal was a poetic way to silence the devotees. It was an explanation in so many ways.
Now, while Liverpool relentlessly pursues the two biggest trophies, Salah seems ready to make more.
& # 39; We want to go as far as possible in the Champions League and we are doing well in the Premier League, & # 39; Robertson said. & # 39; We want to win every competition we are in and we will go all over, but we know how difficult it will be. & # 39;
Difficult, yes, but not impossible. Not when Salah weaves his magic.
Salah and his Liverpool teammates now play with confidence and strive for glory
Andy Robertson said: & # 39; We want to win every competition we are in and we will accomplish it for both & # 39;