Liverpool and Salah did not just accelerate away from Roma, they eviscerated them, almost but not quite killing a semi-final that remains, somehow, in the balance. However, the Egyptian is finding a permanent place in the deadlines.

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The Egyptian dominated the headlines due to his outstanding opening goal which prompted Martin Keown, former Arsenal man, to dub him Lionel Messi in disguise.

“Mo Salah’s stunning performance was like watching Lionel Messi in disguise,” he wrote in The Mail.

On a wild night of Champions League football, Mohamed Salah did perhaps the best thing so far of the many wonderful things contained in his dreamy first Liverpool season.

Of five Liverpool goals in the space of 35 minutes, Salah scored two and provided assists for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané.

Roma pulled back two late goals with Salah off the pitch to make it 5-2 and raise memories of the way they came back at home to knock out Barcelona.

Salah was that rare thing, an athlete at the top of his profession finding new heights, new levels. There may be a more breathtakingly brilliant attacking performance in Europe this season but, given the game and the stage, there has not been one yet.

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