By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Liverpool were back to winning ways after a 4-2 victory against Burnley on Sunday. The victory over the Clarets saw Jurgen Klopp’s side move back within one point of Manchester City at the Premier League summit.
Sadio Mane continued his fine form in front of goal for the Reds while Roberto Firmino returned to the starting XI after missing the game versus Watford and only making the bench for the Merseyside Derby.
While the Senegalese winger and the Brazilian No.9 will get most of the praise after they both netted a brace, Mohamed Salah equally deserves the same credit for his performance.
Despite not hitting the back of the net against Sean Dyche’s side, the former-Roma man was one of the most influential players on the pitch – the Egyptian was heavily involved in every one of the Reds’ first three goals.
For Liverpool’s first goal, the 26-year-old played a clever one-two with Georginio Wijnaldum before putting the ball across the Burnley goal that found its way to Firmino after a mix up between Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski.
The ‘Egyptian King’ showed his quick thinking and reactions for Mane’s first goal – Salah was the first to react after a tackle from Adam Lallana deflected the ball into the Burnley box. The winger’s small but very important touch put the ball into the path of Mane before the Senegalese stroked the ball into the corner of the net.
The third came after a poor kick out from Heaton dropped to the No.11 who sprinted towards goal before a superb recovering tackle from Charlie Taylor directed the ball into the middle of the box where Firmino tapped into an open net.
Last season’s Golden Boot-winner was also unlucky not to score as a shot inside the box forced Tom Heaton into a good save on the 87th minute mark.
The win over 17th-placed Burnley showed us that the Salah is about more than just goals – when he is not scoring, he is creating, and he is constantly creating problems for the opposition whilst simultaneously creating space for his team mates.
While his performance might be overshadowed by the goals from attacking partners Mané and Firmino, it didn’t go unnoticed by the boss who called him “the best player on the pitch”.