It was once again Mohamed Salah who fired Liverpool to a much-needed victory, as the Egyptian notched two fantastic goals in the 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday evening.
The attacker brought the Reds to life with a superb counter-attacking goal in the 21st minute, before adding his second 15 minutes from time to cap off a hugely impressive display.
Salah put the away side ahead after a breaking run following a West Ham corner, showing his incredible speed as he burst into the opposition half before firing the ball past Joe Hart. It was a well-taken goal from the Egyptian, and one similar to the fantastic goal he bagged against Arsenal earlier in the season.
Then, as the game drew to a close, another moment of magic arrived from Salah as he controlled Sadio Mane’s clipped through ball, before unleashing an unstoppable half volley on his favoured left foot into the bottom corner of the net.
With tricky feet and wonderful pace and drive, Salah ran the home defence ragged, and the opener was his fifth goal in as many games for the club, who signed him for an absolute steal at £34m, undoubtedly one of the signings of the summer. His second of the game means that he has now had a hand in 15 goals in all competitions this season, more than any other Liverpool player.
The Egyptian was simply outstanding on Saturday evening, and was crucial in a win that marked the first time since August that Liverpool have recorded back-to-back win. This kind of form is a necessity should the Reds complete their aim of finishing in the top four, while also progressing as far as possible in the Champions League.
Salah linked with fellow forwards Roberto Firmino and Mane in an exciting affair in London, and was the main figure in everything that Liverpool offered going forward. The pacey winger was direct, determined and composed when it mattered as the Reds eventually strolled to an important victory.
The victory leaves the Reds sixth in the Premier League, who have scored 10 goals in their last three games in all competitions, with Salah at the centre of the brilliance more often than not. Liverpool scored 4+ goals in a single Premier League match for the 14th time under Jurgen Klopp – only Manchester City and Spurs (16) have done more so in this period – and so the Reds must continue this fine form as they entertain Southampton after the international break, travelling to Sevilla three days later in a hugely important Champions League tie.