All the members of Liverpool’s attacking trio were firing on Tuesday night, with Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, and Mohamed Salah all making strong cases for man of the match honours along with standout midfield contributor James Milner.
It was Salah, though, that took honours in post-match voting amongst readers of The Liverpool Offside, and so today we take a closer look at his performance on a night where it was clear the overmatched Maribor players had no answer for his pace.
He started things off early and unselfishly, pouncing on an under-hit back-pass and racing free before squaring for Roberto Firmino to slot home. That pass would soon be rewarded by a return feed from Firmino to set up Salah’s first of the night.
Before that came, Salah was involved in the buildup of countless chances on a night Liverpool, despite their improved finishing, could have cracked double-digits had they taken more of their chances. A second goal, no matter how scrambled, was fully earned.
So too was his early curtain call, with Jürgen Klopp removing his star winger to preserve his legs for Sunday when it was clear that the game was won—in large part thanks to the star performance of Mohamed Salah.