Arguably the Premier League’s greatest ever striker Thierry Henry has paid tribute to Mo Salah, Liverpool’s most effective attacker against Manchester United at the weekend.
In the first-half especially, Salah caused United’s backline no end of problems, completing various dribbles and beating Matteo Darmian consistently.
He missed his gilt-edged chance to give us the lead and was later hooked with the Maribor game in mind, but Henry was suitably impressed.
“I don’t think it’s about proving Mourinho anything, but proving the Liverpool fans that you are this guy, that you can be a player like Coutinho,” Henry said on Sky Sports, cited in the Mirror.
“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.
“And yes, people will say sometimes that he needs four opportunities to score a goal. When he is able to finish all the opportunities he has then he will be more than lethal for this club.”
With Sadio Mane injured for six weeks, Salah’s become an even more important part of our frontline.
Nobody else in the squad possesses the African duo’s pace, so if neither are on the pitch, our speed of counter-attack is diminished.
Ideally we’d deploy one on each flank, but in Mane’s absence, Salah needs to step up.
He has five goals in red so far, but none in each of his past three games.
Like Henry hints, he’ll be an even bigger threat if he becomes a more clinical finisher. At the moment, he’s missing opportunities to win us games – as are many of his team-mates in fairness.