Mo Salah and Liverpool wanted to make a statement after their disappointing display at Old Trafford last week. Well, Watford were in the wrong place at the wrong time on Saturday, and Salah ran amok at Anfield. Four goals and an assist in a 5-0 victory was some response, and Man City will have taken note.
The writing was on the wall for Watford as soon as Salah opened the scoring with a sublime goal. He left Britos on his backside before firing home, and after that it was plain sailing for The Reds. Another three followed, and it was a night to remember for the Egyptian at Anfield.
Klopp: Salah Our Maradona
Jurgen Klopp isn't the type of manager to play things down, and he perhaps lost the run of himself after the match. He was asked if Salah could be compared to Lionel Messi and he replied: “I think Mo is on the way. I don’t think Mo or anybody else wants to be compared with Lionel Messi.”
“He is the one who has been doing what he’s been doing for what feels like 20 years or so. The last player I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona. But Mo is in a fantastic way, that’s for sure.”
Still Early Days
Mo Salah has had an unbelievable season for Liverpool, but at the end of the day it is still his first at the club. Klopp was obviously excited after the match, but in reality Watford were not at the races. More or less safe in the Premier League they had nothing to play for, and it really showed.
To draw comparisons to players like Maradona and Messi might be a tad premature from Klopp. If Salah can keep up this astounding rate of scoring for another couple of seasons he might deserve to be mentioned in the same breath. Maybe teams would be served well by looking at the blueprint used by Man Utd to subdue Salah, because he was anonymous at Old Trafford.