Only Mohamed Salah himself will know whether or not if he truly intended on scoring from the corner spot for Egypt on Friday night.
That said, intriguing training ground footage has emerged as overwhelming support of the argument that he most certainly did mean it.
The Liverpool forward found the net directly from a corner as his nation beat Swaziland 4-1 in their African Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo.
A video of him training in preparation for the game has since clearly displayed him practising the strike, only to see his effort well saved.
Watch the footage here…
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Salah was forced off in the latter stages of the game after suffering a muscle injury and will now miss Tuesday’s return clash.
Though the injury isn’t believed to be serious, the Liverpool forward will return to Merseyside for an extended rest ahead of Saturday’s clash with Huddersfield.
Last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner is without a goal in his last four appearances for the Reds, with his fellow frontmen enduring a similar struggle in the final third by their own high standards.
The fact Liverpool remain joint-top of the table with their front three still far from their explosive best has to be construed as a positive heading into a key winter period.
A rest at the John Smith’s Stadium could do Salah the world of good.