BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has raved over the performance of Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah against Watford on Saturday.
The Egyptian international scored two sublime goals as the Reds eased to a 2-0 victory over the Hornets, and Crooks was very impressed by him.
“How many chances does a Hornet need to sting its opponent? The visitors had three gilt-edged chances before Liverpool fans had stopped singing You’ll Never Walk Alone,” he wrote on the BBC Sport website.
“Mohamed Salah, who is a genuine finisher, reminded Watford that teams that play at Anfield and don’t take their chances pay the price. Salah’s first goal was sensational and his second was precisely what top-class finishers do.”
Crooks is right that Watford had plenty of chances on Saturday. Yes, Liverpool were comfortable winners in the end, but Nigel Pearson’s side were pushing them very hard early on. Unfortunately for them, as Crooks says, they didn’t take their chances and were duly punished as a result. Salah was the man who did that, taking both his chances with aplomb. The first one was a superb team effort. The flick from Roberto Firmino was excellent, the pass from Sadio Mane likewise, and then the finish from Salah was terrific. The second goal was slightly fortuitous with how it came to the former Roma man, but he made no mistake with a delicate little flicked finish. The 27-year-old had seven shots on Saturday, as well as managing one successful dribble to go with his two fantastic strikes [Source: WhoScored.com]. As Crooks says, if you don’t take your chances at Anfield it’s not going to end well for you, and Salah ensured that was the case for Watford.