🦁 Premier League Player of the Week - The world's best | OneFootball
🦁 Premier League Player of the Week - The world's best
It was a remarkable weekend of action in the Premier League with 40 goals scored across 10 matches.
But our Player of the Week could only be …
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Most of the column inches since Sunday’s astonishing clash at Old Trafford have been around Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Manchester United and whether the Norwegian can recover from such a defeat.
But what has been slightly lost in some quarters from Sunday’s 90 minutes is just what an awe-inspiring player Mohamed Salah has become.
Called “the best in the world” by Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp before the game, by the full time whistle Salah had cemented his status as the greatest in the game right now.
It’s been brewing for a while but Sunday in south west Manchester we saw the coronation of a king.
It started in just the fourth minute, as Salah found himself in acres of space, running towards goal, only to play a delightful pass through to Naby Keïta, who opened the scoring to silence the home fans.
A Diogo Jota strike followed before Salah grabbed himself two before half-time.
The first was a clever run to the near post, beating Luke Shaw for pace and then shrugging off the England international when he tried to pull Salah back before firing past David De Gea.
His second was another clever first time finish, this time from the right-hand side of the area, caressing the ball into the goalkeeper’s near post.
Both great goals in their own way, showcasing his pace, precision and finishing ability.
But it was the hat-trick strike, just four minutes into the second half, that was Peak Salah.
Latching on to a sumptuous Jordan Henderson pass, the Egypt international took a slightly heavy touch going into the penalty area, but his pace meant De Gea could not get to the ball in time and the 29-year-old just lifted it over the Spanish goalkeeper and into the far corner.
It saw Salah become the first visiting player to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford since the Brazilian Ronaldo did it for Real Madrid in 2003. Salah overtook Didier Drogba as the highest-scoring African player in the Premier League in the process.
Being in the company of those two players says it all. With a new contract surely in the pipeline, there’s really no ceiling as to what he can achieve for the Reds in years to come.
He is a man at the very peak of his powers who we are lucky to be watching on a weekly basis.