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Four Goals, One assist – The Magic of Mo Salah

Mohamed Salah hit four goals and created the other to make history in Liverpool’s 5-0 rout against Watford as snow fell at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah Picture- Daily Star

The conditions could not stop the man who has now scored more times in a debut season – 36 – than any other player in Reds history.

The Egyptian was in superlative form as he took his tally for the season so far to 36 in all competitions and moved four clear ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot.

Salah opened the scoring after just four minutes as snow fell inside Anfield, twisting beyond Miguel Britos before stabbing home to set the Reds on their way to a commanding triumph.

His second – arriving just before half-time – owed much to Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson’s combination down the left, resulting in the latter crossing for the No.11 to tap in.

Salah then set up Roberto Firmino for a third just after half-time, before he completed his hat-trick with a brilliant solo goal as he bewildered a collection of Hornets defenders inside the area.

The forward slammed in his fourth and Liverpool’s fifth late on and afterwards, Klopp was naturally effusive in praise for his endeavours.

The manager told his post-match press conference: “You can ask about him, but he gave the answer already! He gave it with four goals and if the question is what do I think about that, I think it’s quite exceptional.

“It was another good performance in a very difficult game in a very impressive manner, coping and dealing with difficult conditions tonight. The whole team did, of course, but around the first goal I would say Mo especially because it was obviously slippery, so everybody suffered – but not Mo in that situation. It was really special scoring that goal.

“The second goal, a fantastic pass from Sadio to Robbo, a fantastic cross and great sprint. Third goal, fantastic situation, Mo and then Roberto. Fourth and fifth goals were outstanding, so that’s all you need to be on the highest level.

“I am really happy about the result, of course, but also the performance because I knew after we made the analysis of the last Watford game, against Arsenal, how difficult it can be [to play them].

They lost that game 3-0 but it was so close, football games can go like this, but in the end we really saw what could happen tonight if we let them do what they wanted to do. And we didn’t in very difficult circumstances, so I’m really happy.”

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