By Connor Varnish – @cvarn4
Mohamed Salah has put all suggestions that he’s a one-season wonder to bed.
With four goals and an assist to his name in his last three appearances, it’s safe to say the Egyptian has found himself in great form and is back to his very best.
His assist to Xherdan Shaqiri secured the three points in a come from behind victory at Burnley, while his hat-trick at Bournemouth put on display his natural ability to finish clinically and cleverly in front of goal.
His all important goal at Anfield against Napoli proved to be the decider that would determine whether the Red’s European aspirations for this season would continue while also verifying Mo as one who not only shows up in big contests, but scores in them as well.
The headlines, however, are focused on another matter with Mohamed Salah at the moment – his goal celebrations (or lack of).
Let’s briefly break down the Egyptian’s last four goals. His first of three against Bournemouth saw Salah first to pounce on a spilled Begovic save from a Firmino shot – the replay showed Mo slightly offside so perhaps the subdued celebration was the cause of Mo knowing he got away with one?
His second came from a break where Bournemouth’s Steve Cook swiped at Mo as he was just about through on goal, Mo took it in stride and finished to the bottom right hand corner before peeling away with a grimace on his face, again with another restrained celebration where Mo seemed to be peering in the direction of someone, perhaps Cook?
Mo’s last goal against Bournemouth was vintage Mo Salah. After rounding the keeper not once, but twice, Mo calmly side footed into the net beating two Bournemouth defenders on the line – and of course, another rather muted celebration from Salah followed as he wheeled away towards the Liverpool fans and glared out into the crowd. We’re noticing a theme here aren’t we?
Finally, how could one forget Salah’s goal against Napoli. The Egyptian strolled past one of the best defenders in the world, Kalidou Koulibaly, as Mo proceeded to trick Ospina into anticipating the pass across the box, only to then coolly finish into the far corner with his weaker foot.
This time Mo beamed toward the Anfield crowd before being mobbed by the rest of his team. Should this ongoing theme become a cause for concern for Liverpool fans?
In short – absolutely not. While Mo may not be sprinting, punching the air, or knee sliding every time he puts one in the back of the net, there’s no doubt that there’s some substance behind these subdued celebrations.
Theories floating around at the moment indicates that perhaps Mohamed Salah is sick of this ‘one-season wonder’ tag many opposition fans and pundits have placed upon him.
This restrained celebration looks almost to be a sort of ‘yeah, I’m boss and I know it’ kind of triumph. Now that Mo’s back at his best, he’s celebrating with a sort of swagger and confidence – and rightfully so.
Although it’s all conjecture when analysing the motives behind Mo’s celebrations, I’m in the camp that they’re simply amazing.
Liverpool fans should love these restrained Mo Salah celebrations, and long may they continue, as the Reds look to stay top of the table against Manchester United this weekend.