Egyptian has scored 43 times this season
No player has scored more in Europe
Few superlatives have been left unused this season in describing the phenomenal Mo Salah, the mesmerizing forward Liverpool fans now refer to as the “Egyptian King.”
He has produced one regal performance after another since his summer arrival at the English Premier League side. But of all his magnificent exploits this season, the 25-year-old’s crowning glory arguably came on a floodlit Champions League night at Anfield.
Against Roma, his former employers, the Egyptian was scintillating in the first leg of the semifinal, putting Liverpool on the brink of the final and putting on a show that will be talked about by the Liverpool faithful for generations to come.
Two goals – his 42nd and 43rd goals of a spectacular season scored – as well as two assists. Roma battered 5-2 in the first leg of the semifinals thanks to the man they sold to their opponents for what now feels like a trifling £34 million ($47m).
“Without doubt the best player on the planet right now,” was how former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, working as a pundit for BT Sport, described his former team’s star man.
“A phenomenal player,” said another ex-Liverpool star, Robbie Fowler, of the one-time Chelsea winger, while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp exclaimed: “What a player!”
Social media, too, was awash with posts of praise for a player whose sniper’s calm in front of goal has elevated his team to another level.
“You don’t need to be a Liverpool fan to love Mo Salah. You need to be a football fan …” tweeted Muhammad Syukri, while JAB posted: “Struggling to find the words to describe Mo Salah, the boy’s insane!!”