Mohamed Salah is the closes thing to Lionel Messi in the current game and yet he’s constantly disrespected although he shouldn’t be as his outrageous goal against his former side, Chelsea proves.
Liverpool were 1-0 up when the winger darted behind Chelsea. He took one touch and as Marcos Alonso got close to him he feinted left and went right.
It was immediately obvious that he had fooled the Chelsea wingback as Alonso tried to grab Salah’s shirt in a last-ditch attempt to thwart him or put the left-footed genius off.
It failed. What happened was the Liverpool no.11 sat Eduaord Mendy down and dinked the ball past him at his near post after giving him the eyes.
It’s just a shame that his teammates couldn’t defend well enough to make sure the goal actually meant something. It’s not the first time Salah has scored a fantastic goal only for it to result in a 2-2 draw.
He scored a similar goal against Spurs in 2018 after a late penalty rescued a point for the North London side and earlier this season, Mo scored the goal of the season against Manchester City only for the Reds’ poor defending to allow City a route back into the game.
Mohamed Salah left Michael Owen and Glenn Hoddle speechless
When Owen and Hoddle were first asked for their thoughts on Salah’s sumptuous goal against Chelsea, the two pundits were both left speechless for a second before the former Liverpool striker spoke up.
“Oh, it was unbelievable,” said Owen. “The way he just stands Alonso up. Takes a little shimmy and gives the goalkeeper the eyes is sensational.
“To do his little shimmy like that whilst you are in full flow. I mean normally, you stand somebody up and then do the shimmy. He is actually running. It gives him the yard he needs.”
Hoddle added: “I think Rudiger has gone drawn out to Salah on the sideline. Kovacic has to read it. Alonso sees it, he tries to get back. But it’s too late.
“The other two are taken out from a smashing ball by Alexander-Arnold. But that’s beautiful. `The little stop-start of Alonso. And then have the coolness to catch out Mendy at the near post. Great skill.”