The old adage goes that form is temporary, class is permanent.
Well Mo Salah oozes class from every pore. The Egyptian got back on the goal trail in Liverpool’s 3-0 demolition of Southampton at Anfield.
This was after a tougher than usual week for the striker, who didn’t have the best of nights against Paris-Saint Germain and was even filmed throwing a water bottle when Roberto Firmino scored the Champions League winner.
But anyone who knows anything about Salah knows that’s not the real story.
Not only is he a born goalscorer, he’s also a pretty nice chap to boot.
When Liverpool fan Wayne Dunlop posted a video of his son Lewis holding a sign asking Salah if he could have his shirt at the end of the match, you thought in a crowd of 50,000 that was hopeful at best.
Some Premier League players would just walk on, keen to get to the dressing room.
But then again, this is Mo Salah. He spots the sign, removes his No11 jersey and hands it over to Lewis.
That brought the boy, and Wayne to tears, and just goes to show how a simple gesture can mean so much.
As Wayne explains in the tweet: "I cannot thank you enough Mo.. Brought my lad to tears (and me)…. These are moments in life that hold more value than i can explain.. A day my son Lewis will never forget".
And guess who replied to the tweet? Well Mo Salah of course.
That led Wayne to add: "He cried tears of happiness like you wouldn’t believe thank you so much."
All in all, it was a good day for Salah.
The fact that he almost broke his mini-drought with a backheel finish should tell you that if Salah was supposed to be feeling a crisis of confidence, he wasn’t letting his feet know.
The Egyptian wanted a goal and the football gods conspired to give him one when Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick bounced down off the bar and the ball hovered around a yard from the line, inviting Salah to poke it in.
He wasn’t exactly desperate for a strike, but the puff of the cheeks indicated more than a hint of relief about it when it came.
But however well he was feeling, it wasn’t anywhere close to the elation that Wayne and Lewis are enjoying right now.
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