Anfield. April 17th. Mohamed Salah has just effortlessly controlled a cross-field pass from Virgil van Dijk, a good 40 yards away from goal. Immediately darting inside Emerson Palmieri, he takes a few more prods at the ball before lining up an improbable shot. The angle and distance are way out of Salah’s usual range. It looks as if he's shaped up for the type of rushed effort that has drawn collective groans from millions of Liverpool fans worldwide this season, in a campaign where he seems not to have quite reached the heights he scaled in 2017/18.

In actuality, Salah struck the ball unlike anything he had hit before in a Red shirt. His foot connected with a fierce, rifling venom that bore no resemblance to the usual wand-like strokes witnessed in his debut season. It flew past the Chelsea keeper’s outstretched arms and became the latest sublime goal to add to his rapidly expanding back catalogue of worldies. Salah’s strike against Chelsea would go on to become the club’s goal of the season; a goal that you could watch over and over again, but one that few players could ever replicate. 

The subsequent celebration was in stark contrast to the venom with which he had lashed in the goal. Running over to the adoring Kop, Salah calmly stood on one leg – the other perched inwards – shut his eyes,  and pressed his hands together into a ‘balasana’ or  ‘inner peace’ yoga pose. It was an act that represented the yin and yang that Mo Salah is all about; unrelenting determination on the pitch partnered with composure, calmness, and compassion while not playing.

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