Liverpool’s starting front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mané combined for five goals and two assists in a 5-0 beatdown of Watford at Vicarage Road Stadium on Saturday. It was a masterclass for the trio, and keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who has to train with them every day, was not surprised.
“I train with them every day and sometimes they are just unstoppable, you can’t do anything,” said the Irish keeper after the victory.
“To watch them in full flow is a joy to watch. They all gel well together and Bobby is getting in the right positions to be able to tap them in, and that’s not an easy thing. They are in such great form at the moment they are pretty much unstoppable.”
The trio certainly looked unstoppable yesterday, and that’s in large part thanks to the efforts of Salah, whose play has many wondering if he is the best player in the world on current form. Kelleher was asked if he thinks the Egyptian deserves that title, and he didn’t shy away from the question.
“It certainly looks like that. He’s scored some unbelievable goals this season and can’t stop scoring. He is in some top form at the moment so, from my point of view, definitely.”
Kelleher was making just his third Premier League appearance for Liverpool thanks to a scheduling conflict that left Alisson Becker, the regular starter, unavailable. He had a relatively easy day thanks to the dominating play of the outfield ten, but he did make an impressive save late in the match to preserve the clean sheet.
“It’s not easy obviously, but playing for a team like Liverpool where for the majority of games we are going to dominate possession I’m not going to have much to do,” said Kelleher. But when I am called upon, that’s the most important time. Thankfully I was able to make a save and keep the clean sheet.
“It was a proper team performance where everything we did came off. Scoring five goals was amazing and keeping a clean sheet made it a great all-round team performance.
“All the focus is on winning the league, that’s what we want to do. Thankfully we are going in the right direction.”