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Mo' for Salah Yet Again, as Egyptian touches Reds Record Books: The Weekend That Was

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‘It’s difficult to find new words. Everyone’s raving about him at the moment and rightly so. I think we’re witnessing the start of greatness’.

Those were the words of former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, well at least the words he could come up with, as the Reds legend became the latest to be verbally extinguished by the brilliance of Mohammed Salah, who bagged four goals at home to Watford on Saturday.

Before the Reds welcomed the Hornets to Anfield, Salah was stuck on 32 goals, one behind Fernando Torres in the record for goals in a debut season with Liverpool; by the end of the game he had gotten to 36, becoming only the third Liverpool player, after Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, to bag four goals in a league game, and is only three short of the Premier League’s record for goals in a 38-game season (31). ‘I think it’s indescribable', said Reds teammate Joe Gomez, another who seemed rather short of words.

Salah had been kept quiet in Liverpool’s loss at Old Trafford the previous weekend, much like the whole front three, as Manchester United hit them on the direct route, a system that Watford looked to employ, right from kick-off. But the visitors' plan were scuppered after just four minutes, Salah leaving Miguel Britos on his backside, before putting the ball past Ornestis Karnezis and into the net.

That was always bound to signal the start of a long day for Watford, who have only scored once in the road in 2018, and despite their growth in confidence as the half progressed, thanks in no small part to Liverpool’s slackness, when Salah turned home his second from Andrew Robertson’s cross before halftime, it was just about game over.

Salah began the second half in the same menacing vein as he had the first, but this time he took the role of a provider, as his cross was deftly flicked home by Roberto Firmino, the seventh direct goal combination between the pair this season. Salah’s fourth came after Karnezis pushed away Danny Ings' shot into his path, but it was his third that caught the eye, as he managed to find the bottom corner despite a sea of Watford bodies between him and the goal, sparking (perhaps overboard) comparisons with Lionel Messi.

‘Mo is on the way, that’s good. I don’t think that Mo wants- or anybody else wants- to be compared with Lionel Messi’s, said Salah’s manager Jurgen Klopp. ‘He is the one that is doing what he’s doing be it feels like for 20 years or so’. The Messi comparisons does seem a bit too much, but Salah is reaching rather unimaginable heights as each week passes.

Klopp has said he’ll still get better even before the season ends. Talk about putting fear into opponents. 

Elsewhere:

  • ‘He normally doesn’t use his right foot for anything but standing on' said Christian Eriksen of Erik Lamela’s strike in the FA Cup sixth round win at Swansea on Saturday. Lamela scored his side’s second with a peach of an effort, as Spurs produced another Harry Kane-less masterclass to advance to a ‘home’ semi-final. Spurs have a date with Manchester United in April.
  • You could have looked at Alvaro Morata’s face in the 42nd minute at the King Power, and probably seen a writing of relief on it. After failing to score since Boxing Day, the Spaniard was set free by Willian, and slotted past Kasper Schmeichel with the calmness not usually shown by a striker out-of-form. Leicester did rally back in the second period and through Jamie Vardy’s 17th goal of the season, grabbed an equaliser to force extra time. But Schmeichel’s error of judgment allowed Pedro to head in what proved to be Chelsea’s winner. The Blues still have a trophy to aim for this term. Southampton stands in their way towards the final.
  • Manchester United did have quite enough heritage in them this weekend to get past Brighton, but not quite enough personality, as despite Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic grabbing the goals to take them to Wembley, Jose Mourinho accused his players of being scared of the shirt. Not that he mentioned any names of course, except one. One which we’re Shaw you’d know (sorry).
  • The definition of things going against you: you play a side that hasn’t one away since December and you go down to 10 men. Stoke’s loss to Everton leaves them in 19th place, and they go to Arsenal after the International Break. For Everton, meanwhile, it’s four goals in three for January signing Cenk Tosun.
  • Wilfred Zaha plays for Crystal Palace, and Palace win. Duh! 

Results

Premier League:

Huddersfield 0-2 Crystal Palace

Stoke 1-2 Everton

Liverpool 5-0 Watford

Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

FA Cup:

Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

Manchester United 2-0 Brighton

Wigan 0-2 Southampton

Swansea 0-3 Tottenham

Semi final draw:

Chelsea v Southampton

Tottenham v Manchester United 

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