The questions were starting to be asked about Mohamed Salah after his slow start to the season: Would he struggle to reproduce his remarkable scoring figures from his first year at Liverpool?
Was he a one-season wonder?
Maybe the concerns were slightly premature.
Salah scored two goals for Liverpool in its 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday, adding to the winner he netted against Huddersfield in the Premier League last weekend.
In his previous game before that, he scored directly from a corner on international duty with Egypt.
With his double against Red Star, Salah became the quickest player in the club’s history to reach 50 goals. He did so in 65 games, 12 quicker than Albert Stubbins in the 1940s.
Crisis? What crisis?
“It’s good that we can maybe stop talking about that,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “That helps a little bit. I’m not in doubt, he was not in doubt. But if you constantly ask about, then it’s like something obviously is wrong.”
“It’s an exceptional number, and hopefully he can continue,” Klopp added. “What’s the next record he can reach?”
Salah scored 44 goals in all competitions last season, for easily the most prolific season of his career, and formed part of the most devastating front three in the Champions League alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.