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How Mohamed Salah is back to his formidable best

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1.34K   //    30 Dec 2018, 18:04 IST

Mohamed Salah - The Egyptian King
Mohamed Salah - The Egyptian King

The result was inevitable once the lobbed pass was made onto Mohamed Salah's path - with his inhumane burst of pace, Salah quickly got a hold off the ball, shaking off the defender with a slight shoulder push. The Bournemouth goalkeeper tried his best, but he was beaten not once, but twice.

One by one, Mo Salah made a mockery of the obstacles in front of him and tapped the ball into the net.

Mohamed Salah completed his hat-trick in a sensational manner against Bournemouth, and brushed off his critics in the process. There was criticism initially regarding Mo Salah's inability to find the net, especially against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the first quarter of the 2018-19 season.

It was extremely hard to believe that a mercurial player like Salah who scored in an extraterrestrial manner and gave Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo a run for their money would just score four in 16 games.

That was the case at a certain point this season. However, regardless of his rough patch, Salah was Liverpool's best attacker on the pitch. Still, his lack of efficiency was a cause of concern for the Anfield faithful.

However, there was no doubt that Mo Salah was Liverpool's best player last season, as the front three of Jurgen Klopp's red army terrorised the world's best defenses. Salah's inhumane form saw him challenge the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Golden Boot, and it was undoubtedly the best season of his career.

Expectations were high regarding Mo Salah at the beginning of the current 2018-19 season, and critics were quick to point out his flaws when things were not going his way. But Mo Salah has slowly but surely proven that his poor form was just temporary, and he is back to his very best.

Mohamed Salah completed his hat-trick in a sensational manner against Bournemouth
Mohamed Salah completed his hat-trick in a sensational manner against Bournemouth

After a slow start to the season, Mohamed Salah is now the joint top scorer of the English Premier League with 13 goals, tied with Aubameyang. World class sharpshooters like Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero are chasing Mo Salah for the Premier League's Golden Boot.

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What is more astonishing is that Salah is also one of the top assist providers in the Premier League, with 7 assists. Even when he is unable to find the net, he is constantly running rampant on the left, and creating space for the other two in Liverpool's infamous trident.

Despite his initial inefficiency in front of goal, critics must consider that Mo Salah came from a long shoulder injury which occurred in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid.

However, Salah's hat-trick against Bournemouth was an answer for his critics, and announced that he is back to his peak. Moreover, the manner in which the three goals were scored left everyone speechless.

Mo Salah is everything Liverpool's famous slogan - 'you will never walk alone' stands for. He is a perfect mix of talent and humility, and his exploits make Liverpool's front trident a cohesive unit. On the verge of being the top scorer, Salah let his teammate, Firmino, take the penalty which helped in completing his hat-trick against Arsenal last night.

Like all greats, Mo Salah's relentlessness and persistence is the pivotal reason for him being back to his very best. Talent alone is not enough to prove greatness, and Salah's humble yet formidable mentality is pushing him to the top once again.

If football's finest from Egypt doesn't deviate from his current path, he will surely be one of the top scorers of 2019, and leave his mark on the record books once again.

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