Martin Keown: Why Mo Salah hasn’t celebrated some Liverpool FC goals
The Arsenal legend attempts to explain why Mo Salah hasn't been celebrating his goals at Liverpool FC
Mohamed Salah has not been celebrating some of his Liverpool FC goals because the Egyptian can’t quite believe his prolific form at Anfield, according to Arsenal legend Martin Keown.
Salah became the fastest Liverpool FC player to reach 50 goals after the African forward scored twice in Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.
Salah netted Liverpool FC’s second goal in the Champions League clash after Xherdan Shaqiri teed up the reigning PFA player of the year for the second successive game.
The former AS Roma attacker doubled his tally for the night when Salah scored from the penalty spot after Sadio Mane was brought down in Red Star Belgrade’s area.
Salah then netted the opener for Liverpool FC in the 10th minute as the Reds claimed a dominant 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Salah got to 50 goals in 65 games, which is significantly quicker than the previous record holder, Albert Stubbins, who netted 50 times in 77 outings.
Other Liverpool FC legends such as Roger Hunt (78), George Allan (81), Fernando Torres (84), Ian Rush (87), Michael Owen (93) and Robbie Fowler (94) have been left in Salah’s wake.
Surprisingly, the Egypt international had a muted reaction to his goals on Wednesday night, which mirrored his celebration after his winner in a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town last weekend.
Former Arsenal defender Keown attempted to shed light on Salah’s actions when asked during his weekly question and answer session in the Daily Mail about the forward’s seemingly joyless celebrations.
“Salah looks like he is trying to remain humble when he scores,” Keown said.
“The way he celebrates suggests he realises how lucky he is to be doing what he is doing.
“While he seems to be returning to his best, there were a couple of moments against Red Star when he fluffed his lines when through on goal.
“There was one chance when he demonstrated his sublime touch only to miss and another when he did not see the linesman’s offside flag but should have scored from that position.
“We are not seeing the same certainty in front of goal but that is the most frightening thing.
“Liverpool are still getting excellent results and Salah has not yet reached his purple patch.”
Salah moved to Liverpool FC in a £39m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma in the 2017 summer transfer window.
The Liverpool FC number 11 scored 44 times in his first season at the Merseyside outfit, including 32 goals in the Premier League and 11 goals in the Champions League.
Salah’s prolific form earned him the PFA player of the year award ahead of Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne last term.