Salah, 29, has hit a rich vein of form which had seem him score nine times in nine games in all competitions for Liverpool leading up to this weekend.
Inside the Watford box, the forward danced around a host of yellow shirts before curling the ball brilliantly into the far corner beyond Ben Foster.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 16, 2021
8 – Mohamed Salah has now scored in each of his last eight games for Liverpool; the longest run of scoring in consecutive appearances for the club since Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (8). Tear. pic.twitter.com/Em6qwMZvmo
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 16, 2021
The strike put Jurgen Klopp’s team 4-0 up as they were well on course for a thumping win against Watford; who had new manager Claudio Ranieri in the dugout for the first time.
The Egyptian had helped Liverpool on their way in the ninth minute when he outmuscled Watford’s Danny Rose on the right flank; before curling a delightful outside-of-the-boot cross into the box for strike partner Sadio Mane to finish.
100 – Sadio Mané has now scored 100 goals in the Premier League, and in the meantime become only the third player to reach 100+ Premier League goals without any of them being penalties, after Les Ferdinand (149) and Emile Heskey (110). Earned. pic.twitter.com/NDtbqStQdZ
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 16, 2021
Salah is just playing ridiculous football. This is different to his 32 goal 2017/18 season. Almost every dangerous LFC attacking move is running through him and his playmaking is matching the world class level of his goalscoring.
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) October 16, 2021
“There are no words, Mo Salah is just incredible,” crowed another fan account.
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) October 16, 2021
Former Liverpool defender-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher also hailed Salah as the best on the planet.
Gary Lineker meanwhile claimed Salah had reached Lionel Messi-type levels of greatness.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 16, 2021
My, my. Mo has morphed into Messi.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) October 16, 2021
Salah’s strike was a significant one in personal terms as it moved him level with former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as the highest-scoring African players ever in the Premier League.
Given his current form, it shouldn’t be long before Salah moves into the outright lead to claim the record as his own.
He’s done it and he’s done it in style. One of the great Premier League goals. Mohamed Salah has equalled Didier Drogba’s record of 104 Premier League goals. It has taken 88 less games for Mohamed Salah to equal Drogba’s record. The best player on the planet.
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) October 16, 2021
After the Watford mauling, Liverpool boss Klopp was full of praise for his Egyptian star.
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“He is top,” said Klopp.“We all see it at the moment. Who is better than him?
“There is always big discussion about these kinds of things. We do not have to talk about what Ronaldo and Messi did for world football or how long they were dominant; but at the moment it is clear there is nobody better than him.
“His performance was massive today. The pass for the first goal was great and the second goal was special.”
Salah himself was typically modest about his strike, saying: “I don’t know which one was better, this one or the City one.
“I think all the goals were very important. Bobby scored a great hat-trick, Sadio scored a nice goal.
“I’m just trying to give 100% to help the team. I’m feeling confident at the moment, scoring goals and helping the team to get points.
“Hopefully we can win the league and go for the Champions League. It’s important for a club like Liverpool to fight for everything.”
“I haven’t watched it back yet!”I don’t know which goal was better. This one or the City one.”Mo Salah on 𝙏𝙃𝘼𝙏 goal and Liverpool’s classy display this afternoon 🙌🎙 @TheDesKellypic.twitter.com/YjKKMFgqm3
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 16, 2021
The Reds moved top of the Premier League table with their win; two points ahead of Chelsea, who face London rivals Brentford later in the day.
Next up for Liverpool and Salah is a Champions League with Atletico Madrid in Spain, before they play bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford next Sunday.