Mohamed Salah doesn’t look bad for £38.5 million, does he?
Since returning to the Premier League with Liverpool last summer, the Egyptian has made a mockery of his failed spell with Chelsea and put two fingers up to the doubters. With 33 goals and nine assists this season, Liverpool have well and truly struck gold.
If Kevin de Bruyne wasn’t wowing supporters week in, week out, they’d be engraving Salah’s name on the PFA Player of the Year award already.
Nevertheless, their star man wasn’t needed from the start against Porto in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash.
Frankly, the 25-year-old had already done the damage in the first leg with his remarkable strike at the Estádio do Dragão coming alongside Roberto Firmino’s finish and Sadio Mane’s hat-trick.
MOHAMED SALAH MAKES QUICK CAMEO V PORTO
As a result, Salah took his place on the Anfield bench alongside the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk as the Reds breezed through to the quarter-finals with a 0-0 draw.
There was reason to suggest Jurgen Klopp wasn’t happy with a goalless game, however, with Salah eventually entering the fray in the 74th minute.
If nothing else, it would give Salah a few extra minutes and Kopites hope of breaking down their Portuguese opponents. And while, ultimately, it wasn’t to be, the 25-year-old still produced a few moments of magic during the match.
In fact, his very first touch of the game was something special in itself.
The Egyptian channelled his inner Dennis Bergkamp to kill the ball dead on the right wing after Dejan Lovren had delivered a diagonal pass no less than 50 yards. He managed to control the ball effortlessly, despite being under pressure from a Porto defender.
SALAH PRODUCES THE FIRST TOUCH OF DREAMS
Take a look at the first touch below:
— ₁ (@KariusEdition) March 6, 2018
Salah picks the ball out of the air with his first touch of the match as if it's glued to his feet. Marvelous. #LFC
— Marco 🏴☠️ (@vivast_pauli) March 6, 2018
It's crackers that Mo Salah has just come on now but that first touch! 😱
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) March 6, 2018
Salah's first contribution is to bring the ball down, out of the air with his toe, what a touch – the ground (in unison) gives a resounding "ooooooohhh" #LIVPOR
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) March 6, 2018
Salah was MOTM after his first touch. Job done I guess 🤷🏻♀️
— Mike (@iMikeLongy) March 6, 2018
You’d be mistaken for thinking he coated his boots in superglue before coming on – what a way to introduce yourself into the game.
It’s the latest example of how effortlessly brilliant Salah has been this season and it’s little things like this that continue to wow Liverpool supporters.