With his double against United, Salah even managed to overtake the man known as ‘God’ in the minds of Reds fans.
And how was he going to celebrate? “With my family and have camomile tea and sleep,” Liverpool’s talisman replied.
He completed a lightning counter-attack by slamming a high finish past David de Gea in the 66th minute for his first goal and Liverpool’s fourth, to become the first Liverpool player to score in six consecutive appearances in all competitions against United.
A scrambled finish on 83 minutes then secured the scoring record, and his 10th goal against United in the Premier League – more than any other player.
Salah has served as chief tormentor of United for some time – his 10 goals against them take him past Steven Gerrard who netted eight in the Premier League against the Old Trafford side. In doing so, Salah has cemented his standing as a modern Liverpool legend.
He has scored against 26 different clubs in the Premier League, netting nine in matches against both Watford and West Ham, and eight in fixtures with Bournemouth.
But Salah has scored more league goals against Manchester United than any other club. No wonder fans and club legends alike love him.
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“He’s the greediest striker I have come across, but all top strikers are. A class act.
“The hardest thing is to get a goal scorer and he is a natural. I am sure he is great to work with and when you have players like that in your dressing room, you have a great chance.”
There have been times this season, with Liverpool underwhelming in the league and Salah devoid of long-time strike partner Sadio Mane, who departed for Bayern Munich last summer, where he has looked below his best.
However, Sunday was a timely reminder of the talents of a player who can be perceived as having a poor Premier League season while scoring 11 goals so far and assisting seven more.
“He comes alive in big games, with that pace and energy. He has been a revelation and one of the best attacking players we have ever seen in the Premier League.”
A burst of league form – four wins in five games with 13 goals scored and none conceded – have placed Liverpool back in the Champions League qualification race with a bang. They now sit three points behind Tottenham in fourth with a game in hand.
“One hundred and twenty-nine goals – that is insane,” Klopp said after the United thumping. “What an unbelievable number. He is a special player.
“We appreciate him now but in the future people will look back and be wow, we witnessed something really special.”
Salah told Sky Sports: “It is very special to win a game like that. We need to stay humble and win our games. Hopefully it will give us a big push.”
On his goal record, he said: “It’s very special. I cannot lie. This record was in my mind since I came here.”
It was a performance to dispel any doubts about not only Salah’s ability, but also his commitment to Liverpool, as summed up in his answer to the question of which of those 129 goals was his favourite.
“The last one.”