By 90Min
October 18, 2017

After enduring a torrid spell of form, in which they had won only one game in seven, Liverpool unleashed all their frustration on a lackluster Maribor side to batter the Slovenian minnows 0-7, a record away win for an English side in the European Cup.

While the Reds' attack has been potent since the start of the season, they had been unable to convert their chances in recent games, but their composure was ice cold against Maribor on Tuesday night.

None more so than Mo Salah, the summer signing from Roma, who has started this season in fifth gear and hasn't backed down since. He possesses blistering pace and energy, and this was illustrated emphatically on Tuesday night in the build up to Liverpool's first goal. 

Salah, taking Jurgen Klopp's high pressing style to a whole new level, pressures a defender into a loose pass and then proceeds to chase down and win the ball in an almost inconceivable fashion, reminiscent of a FIFA player with speed and acceleration abilities artificially dialled all the way up.

The defender, running through the thickest of treacle in comparison to the Egyptian, is still favoured to get to the ball right up until the last second, and it's testament to Salah's workrate, eagerness and out and out, near incomprehensible pace that it is he who gets there first.


Yet more impressive, he manages to get enough on the ball to get it over the incoming defender's legs and then hurdle over the challenge himself to keep the ball and eventually slide it through to Firmino for the simplest of finishes. Salah would go on to score a brace to add to this early assist.

There was fear, especially after such a poor run of games, that Sadio Mané's injury would hamper them in the same way his absence was felt last season, during the African Cup of Nations.


However, with Salah performing like this, Reds fans need not worry; he looks an absolute world beater right now, and even ex Arsenal striker and former Liverpool tormenter Thierry Henry is in agreement. 

Speaking after the goalless draw with Manchester United on Saturday, Henry said: "For me, he [Salah] is special, he has something special. He will be a special player for Liverpool.

"I like the fact that he is direct - we don’t have a lot of players like that in the game anymore."

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