Mohamed Salah bowed out of the 2018 World Cup with his second goal of the tournament on Monday, but it again came in a losing cause.
It has been an eventful month or so for Salah, who went from looking untouchable to having his season cruelly disturbed by injury.
The 25-year-old battled back from the shoulder problem picked up in the Champions Leaegue final to make Egypt’s World Cup squad, but he missed the heartrbeaking opening defeat to Uruguay.
Having scored a penalty in the loss to Russia that saw his country eliminated, Salah added to his tally against Saudi Arabia on Monday.
The dead rubber may have meant little, but when Salah raced through and lofted a perfect finish into the net, it brought up 50 goals for club and country in 2017/18.
That remarkable feat was achieved in just 58 appearances since joining Liverpool last summer but Salah celebrated this goal less than any of the others, following a reported dispute with the Egyptian FA.
Egypt ended up losing 2-1 in stoppage time, following Salman Al-Faraj’s penalty and Salem Al-Dawsari’s stoppage time strike, in what has been a very disappointing World Cup campaign for them.
Now that Salah’s international involvement is done and dusted – some reports have even claimed he will quit international football due to the aforementioned dispute – it is time to start thinking about him in a Reds shirt again.
Egypt’s early exit means Salah should hopefully be available for Liverpool‘s tour of the USA, with their first match across the pond coming against Borussia Dortmund on July 22.
The longer he is around the better, as Jurgen Klopp aims to have his squad perfectly tuned for their Premier League opener at home to West Ham on the weekend of August 11/12 (specific date and time yet to be announced).
Meanwhile, former Liverpool hero Luis Suarez was among the scorers as Uruguay beat hosts Russia 3-0, finishing top of Group A in the process.