After only winning once in seven games prior to Tuesday night’s clash with Maribor, Liverpool made an emphatic statement when they travelled to Slovenia for their Champions League fixture.
Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot to record a 7-0 win over Maribor with braces from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, as well as goals from Coutinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first goal for the club.
It was just the performance that Liverpool have threatened to produce for long spells this season and Klopp was delighted they finally showed what they can do.
“The only problem recently was how to explain why we didn’t win,” said Klopp.
“That has been the most difficult thing about our recent games. When you don’t score it is a challenge to stay confident but we will try to use this result now.”
Salah was instrumental in the victory and has been, arguably, Liverpool’s best player so far this season.
No player has been involved in more goals than the Egyptian forward following his six goals and two assists.
His pace has been a welcome addition to the Reds’ frontline and unlike last season, Liverpool aren’t feeling the loss of Sadio Mane quite as much.
During the 7-0 demolition of Maribor, Salah provided an assist for Firmino that had everything to do with the former Roma man’s blistering pace. Take a look at the clip below to watch him make a ball he was never the favourite to make:
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Talking after his performance against Manchester United last weekend, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry suggested that Salah will go on to become Liverpool’s main man.
“For me, he [Salah] is special, he has something special. He will be a special player for Liverpool,” Henry said.
“I like the fact that he is direct – we don’t have a lot of players like that in the game anymore.
“And yes, people will say sometimes that he needs four opportunities to score a goal.
“When he is able to finish all the opportunities he has then he will be more than lethal for this club.”
Liverpool move on from Maribor to face Spurs at Wembley this weekend in what is sure to be a far stiffer test.